Saturday, June 9, 2012

Genocide Foretold!

The killing will not stop unless it is stopped. We are now standing a breath away from full-blown genocide, because world leaders failed to act last year. By acting now they could still prevent genocide, but the wounds that have already been carved in our souls will take decades to heel. And if they failed to act still, then the blood is on their hands too.

Friday June 08, 2012 – This week is dedicated to the solidarity between the business communities and the revolutionaries.

Today’s death toll: 85. This is only a preliminary estimate, as the death toll from Daraa City is still unclear. The Breakdown: 18 in Idlib, 34 in Daraa, 12 in Homs, 11 in Damascus Suburbs, 6 in Damascus City, 3 in Hama and 1 in Deir Ezzor.

In Damascus City, clashes between the local resistance and Assad loyalists took place in the neighborhoods of Qaboun, Barzeh, Kafar Sousseh, Jobar and Mazzeh. Meanwhile, the pounding of old Sunni neighborhoods in Homs City continues unabated.  

Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army in Iraq conceded today the possibility that members of his group could indeed be taking part in the crackdown against the democracy movement in Syria. If such participation is indeed proven, Al-Sadr said, then these members must be considered as defectors used by external parties.

Syria conflict driving more to flee homes-ICRC * Access to food and medical services hampered * Infrastructure needing urgent repair * ICRC, Red Crescent supplied food, medicine to 400,000 Syrians
Syria massacre: UN observers greeted by smell of rotting flesh The sight that met the first United Nations observers to visit the Syrian hamlet of al-Qubeir yesterday was of homes gutted and burned. The smell in the air was rotting flesh.
Gun battles rage in streets of Damascus Syrian army and opposition fighters clash in capital's Mezze neighbourhood, as monitors reach al-Qubeyr massacre site.
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Along Syria's volatile border, rebels, rabbits, and ambushes A Lebanese gas smuggler was killed in a Syrian Army ambush this week, snapping the patience of locals in the Lebanese town of Arsal. Another ambush targeted rabbit hunters.
Editor’s note: Hind Aboud Kabawat is a Syrian attorney. She is also a conflict resolution specialist and senior research analyst at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, which is based at George Mason University in Virginia. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Hind Aboud Kabawat: “I am a devout Christian, proud and respectful of the church’s teachings. But in the political realm, I am first and foremost a citizen, a citizen of the new free Syria. I believe that my fellow Christians will come to feel the same way. I also believe the same should be true for our Sunni, Alawite, Druze and Kurdish sisters and brothers.”
Beyond the humanitarian disaster that Syria has become, the strategic damage that could result from the nightmare scenarios that could transpire in Syria should concentrate the minds of U.S. strategists. If it takes American-led intervention to prevent them, then that is where discussion of U.S. policy should begin. Time is not an ally.

Over 750 rallies took place all across Syria today, with hundreds of thousands of protesters defying pro-Assad militias and risking their lives to reiterate their rejection of Assad rule. Meanwhile, Assad and his militias continue to wage war against the people.

Video Highlights


Live Video showing the clashes currently taking place in Daraa City can be found here Basically, Daraa is now the second Homs.

Daraa City: In what seems as retaliation for the assassination of Colonel Mohammad Aslan, one of the architects of the crackdown in Daraa province, loyalist troops today bombarded the downtown areas of Daraa City known as Daraa Al-Balad, killing close to 34 inhabitants, as of latest count – the dead and injured , , , , , , , , A child among the martyrs  The city gets pounded again at night Al-Balad , , Mahatah Pulling the body of a child from the street

Earlier in the day, protesters in Kashef neighborhood clash with security

The town of Kafar Shams, Daraa Province, comes under fire Sanamein comes under fire


The neighborhood of Kafar Sousseh, Damascus City, gets pounded at dawn And throughout the day , ,

The neighborhood of Midan comes under fire during the day And at night Protesters remain defiant in face of the crackdown

The neighborhood of al-Qadam comes under fire during the day Daytime protesters in Old Mazzeh come under fire The suburb of Tadamon comes under fire from snipers

Heavy nighttime clashes take place in Barzeh neighborhood, Damascus City , Same scenario is repeated in Jobar

Nighttime clashes in Douma, Damascus Suburb, Martyrs ,

Jdeidet Artouz: Martyrs


Lattakia City: Al-Ramel al-Janoubi, a majority-Sunni neighborhood, comes under fire at night The same scenario is repeated in Sleibeh Neighborhood , Earlier, a peaceful daytime rally is fired at

In the town of Hiffeh, activists show the impact of the continuing pounding , ,


Pounding of the nearby town of Qusayr leaves several dead and many injured, including this child


Protesters in Al-Shaar Neighborhood, Aleppo City, come under fire

Protesters in Salaheddine, Aleppo City, come under fire but remain defiant ,


A new video of Qubeir Massacre


The video of the massacre at Hammameh which I listed yesterday, has been translated by the Guardian and can be accessed here for clarity: