Saturday, April 21, 2012

Déjà Failed!

Another monitoring mission, another set of people from all over the world making excuses, trying to explain the unexplainable and getting frustrated and fired upon to boot. When will the world follow a plan that makes sense. To the world we say: Give us what we need to get the mission accomplished, not what you need to feel good about yourselves.

Saturday April 21, 2012

Death Toll: 25, including 13 in Aleppo, 4 in Homs, 4 in Daraa, 2 in Rural Damascus, 1 in Hassakeh and 1 in Deir Ezzor.

The pounding of Homs City was halted due to presence of UN monitors, who were nonetheless fired on during their visit to Khalidyeh and other beleaguered neighborhoods.

At night, local activists reported explosions and gunfire at the Mazzeh Military Airport near Damascus City.  

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Security Council adopts a resolution to deploy 300 observers to Syria, yet ethnic strife on the ground and disagreements among world powers cast doubt over mission's effectiveness.

Video Highlights

UN monitors come under fire in Khaldiyeh as local try to protect them with their bodies http://youtu.be/xYxawA7ShMk , http://youtu.be/rqmeePKpMSk , http://youtu.be/ZAWVs_ZctBM , http://youtu.be/MEp5z6HrMPI Earlier, activist tells the camera: we informed him that we have 25 bodies we need to pull out, and he said we will call the Red Cross http://youtu.be/mhhf4K86avo Assad loyalists prevent the monitors from crossing into Bayadah http://youtu.be/8BEaLzTtJcQ

One of the locals address the visiting monitors in English and asks them to stay http://youtu.be/8Iyr_epouVY

Local activist Khalid Abou Salah stops the monitors and invites them for a meeting in one of the local homes, the lead monitor tells him that UN is neutral and cannot report any propaganda, but that he is willing to meet http://youtu.be/DAzCgdChwB8 During the meeting, local FSA leader, Abdurazzak Tlas, tells the visiting monitors that they are under the protection of his unit even if 50 of them showed up so long as they stay in their neighborhoods, but, he said, they cannot protect them if they stayed at the hotel http://youtu.be/2DdRJ3yrX7c  

Tlas escorts the Monitors on their tour of the neighborhoods http://youtu.be/CFsEvgGPcgQ At point, the crowd get fire at, but they keep walking http://youtu.be/SHbExntfRF8 Local activist Sarout asks locals to protect the monitors with their bodies http://youtu.be/a5Wm0q2Yx78 Monitors inspect the damage done to the neighborhood http://youtu.be/uec_meRE9Qk , http://youtu.be/HW3nBSGFN1o

Mothers of martyrs complain, and locals tell the monitors that the pounding will resume the moment they leave http://youtu.be/fpxYerYZSR4

Monitors tour the local hospital http://youtu.be/50cbR4PCoXg The monitors in Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/DQaS6eGlTb8 In the neighborhood of Qarabbis, which did not receive a visit by the monitors, snipers were busy seeding terror http://youtu.be/TJBNKJHP4SM

Taking advantage of the calm, locals in Malaab staged a rally http://youtu.be/YwCRF9xrqks The people in Wa’er did the same http://youtu.be/lXuI1nLN3WM Jouret Al-Shayah as well http://youtu.be/EhXDFz_1nJY  

Now that they have time to walk around, locals keep stumbling on dead bodies, this one with the hands of its owner tied behind his back seem to belong to someone who has been burnt alive http://youtu.be/BRm3R8VYQtU  

In Qusayr, Homs Province, locals locate the remains of a missing local who were identified by his brother http://youtu.be/uRUVgaLreiw. The man has been looking for his brother for 2 months, now that he found him, he collects his remains in a trash bag http://youtu.be/STh2K9YlfaQ and leaves http://youtu.be/fvFM5r60LI8 There are 8-12,000 people estimated missing.  

More Qusayr martyrs: an old woman http://youtu.be/Tq1UZRXkS1g

Hama City, Arba’een Neighborhood: a tanks patrolling and firing at the locals http://youtu.be/4nnV88WJYcg  The pounding intensifies at noon http://youtu.be/szvnLHgNaw4 and at night http://youtu.be/EyznMClQm2A

In Anadan, Aleppo Province, 5 people were killed in a new massacre by Assad’s death squads http://youtu.be/ZoBDr3IghO0

In Marei, Aleppo Province, locals bury one of their martyrs http://youtu.be/d06Wxhtszqk

In Douma Suburb, Rural Damascus, locals held a mass funeral for two local martyrs http://youtu.be/OW5iKmZL4hg

In Taybat Al-Imam, Hama Province, locals held a funeral for a local martyr http://youtu.be/m1s839eifM4