Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More Massacres!

So far, neither geopolitical nor humanitarian arguments have made a difference in regard to international policy on Syria, it’s all about the economy stupid, and, in some countries, the elections. This is how disastrous decisions are often made. Intervention will eventually come, but not before our worst nightmares have come true and the whole situation has become rigged against effective intervention.

Monday March 12, 2012  

Death toll: 114, mostly in Homs and Idlib.

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Today’s Massacre: 

In Bab Al-Sibaa Neighborhood, Homs City, local activists risk their lives to retrieve the bodies of victims of the massacres in Adawiyah and Karm Al-Zeitun neighborhoods, snipers are making their task a dangerous one, as local activist, Abou Moadh explains as he stands over the body of martyred woman http://youtu.be/KbBo_lWBLk4 Adawiyah: the burnt out remains of a child http://youtu.be/jECTvHnIEso Other burnt out remains http://youtu.be/IF-lZniTZfE Four more bodies http://youtu.be/6pCwLh9oPTE , http://youtu.be/0QZmh3Psatk

Abou Moadh finally makes it to the house where the massacre took place. He explains how members of the pro-Assad death squads broke through the doors, gathered some of the women and children in one room and machine-gunned them, while others were shot at close range in an adjacent room. The bodies were then dragged to a third room where they were set on fire http://youtu.be/wyA1mGG5Iw8

People are leaving their neighborhoods in Old Homs http://youtu.be/3E030ECl7Ko

In other news:

In Rastan, Homs Province, the sporadic pounding continues http://youtu.be/iWD5tpGHJiM , http://youtu.be/HNOjwJL0NuY , http://youtu.be/NNiHtMKRMdc targeting a local bakery http://youtu.be/J8H1My78muU There were wounded http://youtu.be/lyrbsbTqpTk An injured child explains how his came tumbling down and he was hit by a shrapnel. But, “God is Greater than you, Bashar,” he says http://youtu.be/Bbb4-42Z294 Some of the tanks taking part in the siege of Rastan http://youtu.be/kUByIOm5LUs

In the town of Qamishlo in the northeast, Hassakeh Province, crackdown by pro-Assad militias on Kurdish protesters leaves over 20 wounded http://youtu.be/IdEfQLGHS4E This was the rally before the crackdown http://youtu.be/ZaLYbeqmdws , http://youtu.be/9HeZ0MImhR8 Locals later observed a strike http://youtu.be/GRm9t7XiIZw Participants were commemorating the victims of the 2004 Kurdish Intifadah which, many believe, pave the way to the current revolution. Kurdish communities in Kobani and Efrin (Aleppo Province) and Amoudeh, Seri Kanye, Dirbassiyeh, Hassakeh City and elsewhere, all held similar rallies (see below).

Indeed, the locals in Efrin form their own fighting unit, Ahrar Efrin or the Freemen of Efrin” to protect their community and declare their solidarity with all Syrians, be they Arabs or Kurds http://youtu.be/1k3aDC82jug


Homs City

Wa’er: this sick man died due to lack of access to medical facilities: he need to be hooked up to a dialysis machine  http://youtu.be/jLgHAx3TdNM

Qoussour: this man was arrested, tortured and executed by members of the pro-Assad death squads as he was trying to smuggle bread to the residents of Baba Amr http://youtu.be/MwSCli0-hW0

Bab Al-Sibaa: a martyr http://youtu.be/hRx0jwPtmVs

Khaldiyeh: A martyred child http://youtu.be/-2mueAe4tio

Karm Al-Zeitun: while some are massacred, others die under the continued pounding http://youtu.be/c9Ybtbrtelk

Jub Al-Jandali: impact of shelling http://youtu.be/x2mX6E1jMrs

Daytime Rallies
Qoussour (funeral) http://youtu.be/Yj0Y9aeDHA0

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Houleh: a child is shot by a sniper http://youtu.be/dvYh7YAXPec

Talbisseh: a martyred defector http://youtu.be/-VSANbdaVGc

Qusayr: A local is executed by members of pro-Assad death squads http://youtu.be/P1Q_WOM8Mj4 His funeral http://youtu.be/fxPMhy3_TZU

Daytime Rallies


Damascus City

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Douma: locals observe a strike http://youtu.be/L984WHosJ2c

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Kanaker: locals observe a strike http://youtu.be/1X_q-ILshWo

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Hama City

Defectors in Hama City form a local military council, under the leadership of Major Ali Muhammad Ayoub, to coordinate activities of the various groups making up the local resistance http://youtu.be/CsVHE4J6Zn0

Arba’een: a sniper victim http://youtu.be/-siGjCXLjAg 

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Shaizar: Pro-Assad death squads target the historic citadel http://youtu.be/MY4j11KpxUs 


Ariha: mass funeral for victims of yesterday’s pounding http://youtu.be/upOBc9_Zv-0 Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/BQZx43_ZT6Q , http://youtu.be/EaMeHcoYWGo , http://youtu.be/orHiu0lrsr4

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Deraa City

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Anger against the Syrian National Council keeps rising, and demands for the resignation of its leaders, Burhan Ghalioun and other members of the Executive Office, are proliferating, and they now include the locals of the town of Udwan http://youtu.be/-bH2Rp4bUHw

Jassem: sounds of nighttime clashes http://youtu.be/3s5SuctGQT8

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Khirbet Ghazaleh http://youtu.be/DWM27KX-Lx0


Aleppo City

Students stage a major rally on campus of the Aleppo University, College of the Sciences http://youtu.be/tt_hjXM2He4 , http://youtu.be/t1omc3utRpw , http://youtu.be/FFY6QSHUkRM , http://youtu.be/Od60L5saD14 The rally is soon dispersed by loyalist security http://youtu.be/L4vqauqzq24

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Efrin: the local Kurdish population hold a silent rally in memory of the Kurdish martyrs of the 2004 Kurdish Intifadah http://youtu.be/yNBCh98Hp58

Marei: a local martyr http://youtu.be/1tX1OKdKfXA

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Deir Ezzor

Nighttime Rallies
Deir Ezzor City (Hamidiyeh) http://youtu.be/dNo9s73UyrQ


Ghuweiran: nighttime protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/bZfuM-lPBI8 but remain defiant http://youtu.be/8oV7ZSF0xFw

Daytime Rallies


Daytime Rallies
Raqqah City (Tal Abyad) http://youtu.be/0ufFrPvC9vw