If the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world is Damascus, and it is, the second oldest continuously inhabited city in the world is Aleppo. It, too, is getting pounded these days. Today, Russian-made jet fighters got involved in the action. Yet, the world keeps watching mesmerized as a cobra facing a snake charmer.
Tuesday July 24, 2012
Today’s Death toll: 182. The Breakdown: 46 in Hama, 22 in HOms, 27 in Aleppo, 20 in Daraa, 12 in Damascus and suburbs, 7 in Idlib, 6 in Lattakia, 6 in Deir Ezzor, 3 in Hassakeh ad 1 in Qunaitra.
Cities & Towns Under Shelling: Harasta, Arbeen, Moadamiyah, Haran Al-Awameed, Zabadani, Madaya, Eltal, Dmeir, Hameh, Yelda, Rankous, Qarrah (Damascus Suburbs), Sit Zeinab, Al-Qadam, Modan, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, Yarmouk, Kafar Sousseh, Mazzeh, Qaboun, Barzeh (Damascus City), Daraa City, Khirbet Al-Ghazaleh, Tafas, Bostra Al-Sham, Na’eemah, Mseifrah, Jimreen, Hraak (Daraa), Rastan, Talbisseh, Houla, Tal Kalakh, Al-Qusayr, Al-Hosn, Al-Ghanto, Al-Bouaydah, Old Homs (Homs Province), Hreitan, Elbab, Eizaz, Marei, Bayanoun (Aleppo Province), Haffeh, Jabal Al-Akrad (Lattakia), Deir Ezzor City, Mouhassan, Albou Kamal (Deir Ezzor Province), Kafar Zeiteh, Hawash, Shahshabo, Hama City (Hama Province), Jabal Al-Zawiyeh, Maar’at Al-Nouman, Saraqib, Maar Shoureen, Ariha (Idlib)
The Syrian Ambassador in Cyprus has reportedly defected.
The regime reportedly pulled thousands of forces from Jabal Al-Zawiyah region in Idlib Province and sent them to Aleppo City, leaving the Jabal Al-Zawiyah region effectively “liberated.”
Op-Eds & Special Reports
We used to count individual martyrs, now we count massacres. Each day a number of massacres are perpetrated across the country by pro-Assad militias, especially in the provinces of Daraa, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idilb and Aleppo.
In their attempt to hide, justify, whitewash the atrocities and massacres perpetrated by pro-Assad militias and to keep painting the rebels as terrorists, official and pro-Assad media sometimes contradict each other in their attempt at distorting the truth. The truth in this case is that pro-Assad militias stormed the apartment of a local activist in Midan District in Damascus City, tortured and then executed him in cold blood. But Addounia TV, ran by Assad’s cousin, Rami Makhlouf, reported that the activist was killed by “terrorists,” while the state-owned Al-Akhbaraya showed the same scene and claimed the man was himself a terrorist killed by local security forces in a showdown. Addounia showed the man with his hands tied behind his backs, but Al-Akhbariyah’s cameraman avoided showing the hands http://youtu.be/KpVFpPenCKg
A MIG over the skies of Aleppo City http://youtu.be/bdxQSi8vOQo Locals in different parts of the city keep stumbling on dead bodies that seem to have been executed by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/HAAaBcl3yq4
Pro-Assad militias commit a new massacre in Sharia, Hama Province http://youtu.be/oB1wXUVvYI8 , http://youtu.be/uADf_pIwyms , http://youtu.be/6xqt4ZIEmjg , http://youtu.be/uRMPbraPO-s
Elsewhere in Hama, activists find unidentified bodies in the village of Kafranboudeh http://youtu.be/Yon81onrSU0
In Idlib Province, the pounding of the town of Ariha continues http://youtu.be/2ZmcRM7B-D0 , http://youtu.be/buuxiQ5Ah1E
The pounding of Talbisseh and other towns in Homs Province continues http://youtu.be/bo_i6jgANRQ , http://youtu.be/95e9bs-Rq28 The pounding of Homs City: Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/7D3dk57kwf4 , http://youtu.be/lEpQghYy0S4
Damascus Suburbs, the pounding of Eltal continues http://youtu.be/DHPdLg54XJI
Ion Hraak, Daraa Province, locals bury the victims of today’s shelling http://youtu.be/msQqzmWl0XY A closer look at the victims http://youtu.be/mn3UEJU8p-A , http://youtu.be/wnUVgytk92A