By announcing that he is no longer the president of all Syrians but only of those who accept his rule, Bashar Al-Assad formalized his “divorce” from the revolutionaries. Now the fight over division of “marital” assets begins at earnest. Unsurprisingly this will translate into more bloodshed; after all, this was an unfriendly divorce. “Friends” will also sort themselves out. Iran and Russia will stand by their man in hope of getting a foothold in the upcoming Abkhazia on the Mediterranean. While the “Friends of Syria,” for all their dithering, will have to deal with the remaining mess.
Sunday June 03, 2012
Today’s death toll: 33. The Breakdown: 23 in Damascus (Douma, Daraya, Artouz, Saqba, Assal Al-Ward, Qudsaya, Damascus City), 7 in Homs (including 3 in Qusayr), 3 in Hama, 3 in Aleppo, 1 Daraa (a child).
In the Damascene suburb of Douma, the known activist Adnan Wahbi, a co-founder of the National Coordination Body, was assassinated in his home by unknown assailants. Colleagues blame pro-Assad death squads. This Mr. Wahbi’s body http://youtu.be/Pacf5IKlxdw
In the Hiffeh District, Lattakia Province, local activists report that inhabitants of a number of Sunni villages have been forced to evacuate after days of pounding and raid by local pro-Assad militias.
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Many of Houla’s inhabitants, Homs Province, have been forced to flee into neighboring communities where their living conditions are dismal: the children in this video are not dead, for now, they’re just sleeping. International dithering might yet seal their fate http://youtu.be/AGaYrIn5P3I Meanwhile, the pounding of the town continued, even as Bashar Al-Assad delivered his speech and blamed the massacre of Houla on monsters http://youtu.be/JphA0S_Fg9w A new report by Syrian TV clams that 800 heavily armed men came into this town besieged by the regular loyalist troops and conducted the massacre, then left. There is no explanation of why the current pounding is taking place.
In the town of Douma, Damascus Suburbs, clashes left over 10 locals dead: the pounding http://youtu.be/q8dVhBYQBSk The martyrs http://youtu.be/t0dm7lspNu4 , http://youtu.be/DfGoXRPnE3E , http://youtu.be/b-r_jgmIcZo , http://youtu.be/FCAqP-2VICE , http://youtu.be/-xuxjzUF4L8 (Graphic) http://youtu.be/6CGaqaIJ-6w The body of activist Adnan Wahbi http://youtu.be/Pacf5IKlxdw
The town of Saqba, Damascus Suburbs, comes under fire http://youtu.be/aUJaDRSsdnw , http://youtu.be/2IEagS9FueM Chopper surveying the scene http://youtu.be/71tXwQjKuEI
Fields around the village of Al-Rami, Idlib Province, catch fire after intense pounding http://youtu.be/i1Dz1BtEEEc A number of locals were killed and immediately buried http://youtu.be/ZnuOFsPjoNI
The pounding of Ariha, Idlib Province, continues http://youtu.be/XgcaIRxMZz0 , http://youtu.be/YJ9tTXv6joI
The town of Mourik, Hama Province, comes under heavy pounding http://youtu.be/qpJkgtBnte4
In Aleppo Province, loyalist troops move into the town of Hayan http://youtu.be/V5bbBx7tWPI the pounding sets many installations on fire http://youtu.be/LMS1oE8fQqE
The town of Ghabaghib, Daraa Province, comes under heavy pounding http://youtu.be/8rBfSBXZNMg