Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Bouquet of Massacres!

Why settle for one massacre a day when you can get away with many? Why stop killing when the price will be paid by others, when your worst case scenario is a small fiefdom of your own, when there is no accountability worthy of the name? Assad and his cronies will keep killing, because even their worst case scenario at this stage is a win. They might lose Syria, only to win an Assadstan.  

Monday June 11, 2012

Today’s death toll: 109. The Breakdown: 36 in Idlib, 19 in Deir Ezzor, 17 in Homs, 15 in Hama, 10 in Damascus (8 in the suburbs and 2 in Barzeh neighborhood), 6 in Lattakia, 5 in Aleppo and 1 in Daraa. 

A series of massacres against local villages perpetrated by pro-Assad militias in Idlib Province claimed the lives of 36 people today.

Local activists in Deir Ezzor City report that a mortar round that landed in the midst of an anti-Assad rally in Jbeileh Neighborhood around midnight killed close to 50 protesters. More details to emerge tomorrow.  

Tanks, choppers and heavy artillery continue to take part in the pounding of communities in the rural areas of Aleppo, Idlib Hama and Homs continues.

The airbase of Ghanto briefly help by local resistance yesterday returned to army control today after local fighters were forced to withdraw under heavy shelling, but not before emptying the weapons depots. Only surface-to-air missiles used in pounding Homs City and other restive communities were left behind.

News
Syrian activists outside the country echoed their denials. Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian human rights activist based in Washington, argued that the Vatican news agency had fallen for “the Assad propaganda machine” by relying on the “pro-regime” Christian religious establishment for information.
Op-Eds & Special Reports

This is one of the canons used in the pounding of Homs City http://youtu.be/q7Kjy3A9PXU Why can’t this be bombed from the air by our friends in the international community? It’s out there in the open, and not too close to a residential neighborhood, and can easily be targeted. How can western leaders watch this and do nothing?

Back when I was in college, in an introductory social studies class, the professor told us about a famous incident that took place in New York City sometimes in the early 1960s: a man kills his girlfriend by stabbing her repeatedly in the chest in a crowded street in open daylight, no one tries to stop him and no one calls the police. How is this any different?

Deir Ezzor


Homs

The pounding of Homs City continues: Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/EnWfaJ-cUsQ , http://youtu.be/1RoYU5VCWPo , http://youtu.be/c-mMuNiwbUE , http://youtu.be/c-mMuNiwbUE , http://youtu.be/3DgZTlQElj4 , http://youtu.be/Lvmn1luv20A A mortar round lands near the cameraman http://youtu.be/RCWRjlP8Y3U Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/cysC35cq7kw Mosques http://youtu.be/KUBvMuYa0Qs and churches http://youtu.be/-TQlvmSP7po are targeted. This is Um Al-Zinnar, one of the oldest churches in Syria.

The pounding of Rastan (day) http://youtu.be/AjNHBn5hBhA , http://youtu.be/5E_M6uxyF9s , http://youtu.be/eTpKiEU0bkI (night) http://youtu.be/n2mbVmNj_44 Martyrs http://youtu.be/pGyYbua1p-Y Treating the injured http://youtu.be/FS3tDNq-NwY , http://youtu.be/5TWePWuvTIo Colonel Qassim Saadeddine, head of the Military Council in Homs Province and who currently leads the resistance in Rastan, inspects his troops even as the pounding continues http://youtu.be/Vn8r6144ILs  

Qusayr: rescuing the victim of a sniper attack http://youtu.be/mC7B61iXBtU

After a brief halt coinciding with the visit of UN monitors to the city http://youtu.be/3IF30HbBbs4 The pounding of Talbisseh continues http://youtu.be/QSgR3iVHJi4 and way into the night http://youtu.be/upHbafSKJ-M

Idlib

A series of massacres perpetrated by pro-Assad militias against the inhabitants of a number of restive communities claim 36 lives.

Martyrs are brought in to the town of Mhambel http://youtu.be/wbdYR6afcW4 Two martyrs http://youtu.be/5Svq_Mgvt9M

The victims of the Massacre of Ain Shbeeb http://youtu.be/SM16mI4wS9k Locals are angry because UN monitors refused to come to examine the situation.


Damascus

Clashes between local fighters and pro-Assad militias take place in Barzeh Neighborhood http://youtu.be/qVx7YAYF79s , http://youtu.be/ENf1mFn53pE , http://youtu.be/ASMY27TxLRA , http://youtu.be/qVx7YAYF79s , http://youtu.be/ASMY27TxLRA Two were killed. The view from street level http://youtu.be/fuFxD4hZfYE

Homes catch fire in Douma Suburb due to continued pounding http://youtu.be/LY-IK1fPMPo The pounding continues http://youtu.be/bF6nTQ05RBQ A child is wounded when his home was shelled, he curses Bashar Al-Assad http://youtu.be/wBMxPmK43a0  

Hama

The pounding of Taybat Al-Imam at night http://youtu.be/YNCm5EAvkas

Daraa

Daraa City comes under fire at night http://youtu.be/negr5qYqoCw

Lattakia

The pounding of Haffeh continues: treating the wounded http://youtu.be/ziqpGs6KPUY