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News from Syria 05.02.2012

#Syria – 5th feb 2012 defection of religious men from the government and declaration that they are with the revolution

Woman injured from the shelling in Baba Amr

#Mahambal #Idlib #Syria – 5th feb 2012 general strike in the mahambal area of idlib this afternoo

At least 31 people have been killed in #Syria today, including 5 children and 3 women: Revolution Council

Colonel defects in Homs and joins the Free Syrian Arm

Attack helicopters are now being used against residents in Khaldiyah

#Khaldiyah #Homs #Syria – 5th feb 2012 military aircraft opening fire in the khaldiyeh area of homs right now

Two injured men in Inshaa’t cannot be reached due to gunfire

300 bags of blood have been used so far in the Baba Amr field hospital. So many injured

Dear Russia and China, once the people take power, we will rape you diplomatically. Enjoy seeing full support for Taiwain and Chechenya

#BabaAmr: Violent shelling by Assad forces on houses, clear destruction of the inside of a house. #Homs #Homs

@iyad_elbaghdadi How is that boy conscious? How can #china and #Russia be unconscious?

#daraya #Damascus #Syria – 5th feb 2012 regime forces storm daraya area of damascus and spread snipers

Turkish diplomats: Syrian army defections exceed 40,000

I miss the days when security forces used to use tear gas and sticks with us. They only use bullets now

Situation in Syrian city of Homs

Syrian government forces have bombarded the city of Homs with artilleryshells and mortars, killing more than 200 people, opposition groups say.

Activists accused the military of massacring women and children in the worst violence in 11 months of unrest.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syrian Local Coordination Committees both said the death toll had exceeded 200 after shelling began late on Friday.
The Syrian National Council, an umbrella group for Syria’s opposition factions, said 260 people had died and accused government forces of “randomly bombing residential areas”.
“The Syrian National Council calls on everyone around the world to speak up and do something to stop the bloodshed of innocent Syrians,” it said in a statement.
Homs was one of the first cities to join anti-Assad protests, and became one of the focal points of dissent after government forces fired on crowds in April last year. Many army defectors have sought refuge in the city.
According to BBC News “Activists said most of the deaths were in the residential area of Khalidiya.
Reports said a hospital had been destroyed in Khalidiya, and residents said more than 30 houses had been wrecked in the barrage.
“We were sitting inside our house when we started hearing the shelling. We felt shells were falling on our heads,” Khalidiya resident Waleed told Reuters news agency.
Video footage emerged on the internet showing several bodies covered in blood with a voiceover saying the bombardment was still going on.
Activists said most of the casualties were in the Khalidiya quarter of Homs, which they said came under massive bombardment by security forces in the middle of the night.
They said victims were still being dug out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. Video posted on the internet showed many bodies sprawled in pools of blood.
The reasons for the sudden reported escalation weren’t immediately clear. Parts of Homs have become virtually no-go areas for government forces, with rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army well entrenched.
But the reports of a flare-up talked about shelling from fixed positions, rather than an advance by state forces trying to regain control”.
A draft UN resolution is still under discussion, with Russia indicating it is still not happy with the wording.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow had tabled amendments for the resolution at the UN.
A vote had been expected to take place later, but Mr Lavrov said it would be a “scandal” to ask the council to vote on the resolution in its current form.
Russia is Syria’s main ally on the council, and has said it will veto any resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.
(www.sunni-news.net  / 05.02.2012)

News from Syria 04.02.2012 II

@karmel80 @ArabSpringFF Sorry Village name is Güveççi where clashes heard, it is also a point where refugees entering Turkey

#Damascus Moadamiya Intense shooting is heard in the city

#Lattakia sec forces and thugs (Shabeha) are raiding Sacantory area to terrify the residents and force them to stop chanting from homes

#Idlib Nairab Some soldiers with all their arms defected from Shabiba camp west of the town

images of stray artillary hitting Turkish villages will further impact popular opinion in #Turkey; ppl will surely want gov to act… #Syria

People in tanzeem kfarsouseh, Damascus, report hearing takbeers from homes. That area is where the mukhabarat HQ is located. #Syria

@ArabSpringFF More gun fires heard at Gvecci village near Yayladag, Hatay-Antakya right now

violence at the border is critical;most people at both sides of the border are related, this may cause #Turkey to be more active wrt #Syria

@ArabSpringFF It happens in Syrian side, hard to know what is going on It is dark also, not possible to see anything

@ArabSpringFF One house’ water heating system have been shoot, no more details yet, still gun sound heard, Turkish journalist arriving there

some stray artillery from the Syrian violence at border also hit some of the houses in Turkish villages luckily no injuries #Turkey #Syria

How did #Raqqa go from being one of the quietest cities to joining the revolution in force and having the army in overnight? #Syria

#Raqqa: A protester is run over by a car belonging to the security forces

(02-04-2012) Khaledyeh | #Homs | A massive procession for martyrs of Assad regime last massacre

turkish gov announced that is not true but the public and teachers and doctors working in this village saying that the information is true

Syria also is bombing the Syrians who are trying to escape to Yayladag village

#Sarkozy seeks to create ‘friends of #Syria’ group to stop ‘tragedy’

residents from the border report that Syrians trying to cross the border are being attacked & shot down by the Syrian army… #Turkey #Syria

reports that Turkish villages at the border can hear the sound of artillery; some panic on if violence could cross the border #Turkey #Syria

#Daraa Intensive shooting from heavy machine guns north of the city near Panorama roundabout

30 #Daraa Almzeireeb death of young mand To’me Abu Saif 30 years old by regime’s forces He is married and father of children

I never would have imagined the day where Free Libya would support Syria to remove Bisho. I thought we would all be living in dictatorships

(02-04-2012) #Homs| Al Farooq battalion of FSA captures soldiers of Assad regime

Hey Bashar, screw the UN resolution and Russia, the Libyans are coming for you, because we can’t stand seeing our brothers get mowed down

If it is true that the regime is shelling the Turkish refugee camps, they have gone insane. This is a desperate attempt to kill FSA leaders

Russia, China veto UN council resolution on Syria transition

Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari (C) speaks with China’s Ambassador Li Baodong (L) as they arrive at the UN Security Council  to discuss a European-Arab draft resolution endorsing an Arab League plan
calling for Syria’s President Bashar Assad to give up power in New York on Feb. 4, 2012.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Russia and China vetoed on Saturday an Arab- and Western-backed resolution at the UN Security Council calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down over his bloody crackdown on a popular uprising.

The other 13 council members voted in favor of the resolution, which would have said that the council “fully supports” the Arab League plan.

Mohammed Loulichki, the UN ambassador of Morocco, the sole Arab member of the 15-nation council, voiced his “great regret and disappointment” that Moscow and Beijing joined forces to strike down the resolution.

French Ambassador Gerard Araud told the council, “It is a sad day for this council, a sad day for all Syrians, and a sad day for democracy.”

Diplomats said that China had been expected to follow Russia’s lead. Russia’s decision to vote against the resolution came after US and European officials rejected a series of Russian amendments to the draft resolution.

The setback in diplomatic efforts to defuse the revolt peacefully came after world leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused Assad’s forces of killing hundreds of people in a bombardment of the city of Homs, the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country.

Rift at the Security Council

Shortly before the Security Council voted, US President Barack Obama denounced the “unspeakable assault” on Homs, demanded that Assad leave power immediately and called for UN action against Assad’s “relentless brutality”.

“Yesterday the Syrian government murdered hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children, in Homs through shelling and other indiscriminate violence, and Syrian forces continue to prevent hundreds of injured civilians from seeking medical help,” Obama said in a statement. “Any government that brutalizes and massacres its people does not deserve to govern.”

He and other Western and Arab leaders put unprecedented pressure on Assad’s veto-wielding ally Russia to allow the Security Council to pass a resolution backing an Arab League call for Assad to transfer powers to a deputy.

But US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday it had not been possible to work constructively with Russia ahead of the vote, even though military intervention in Syria — fiercely opposed by Moscow — had been absolutely ruled out.

“I thought that there might be some ways to bridge, even at this last moment, a few of the concerns that the Russians had. I offered to work in a constructive manner to do so. That has not been possible,” she told reporters at the Munich Security Conference.

Moscow said before the vote that the resolution was not “hopeless”, but its wording needed to be altered to avoid “taking sides in a civil war”. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was still possible to reach consensus.

But US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said amendments that Russia had proposed were “unacceptable”.

After what US officials called “vigorous” talks between Clinton and Lavrov, Moscow announced that its foreign minister would fly to Syria in three days to meet Assad.

France called the Homs assault a “massacre” and a “crime against humanity”. Turkey said hundreds had been killed and the United Nations must act. Tunisia expelled the Syrian ambassador, and the flag above its embassy was brought down.

Deadly assault

Death tolls cited by activists and opposition groups ranged from 237 to 260, making the Homs attack the deadliest so far in Assad’s crackdown on protests and one of the bloodiest episodes in the “Arab Spring” of revolts that have swept the region.

Residents said Syrian forces began shelling the Khalidiya neighborhood at around 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Friday using artillery and mortars. They said at least 36 houses were completely destroyed with families inside.

“We were sitting inside our house when we started hearing the shelling. We felt shells were falling on our heads,” said Waleed, a resident of Khalidiya.

“The morning has come and we have discovered more bodies, bodies are on the streets,” he said. “Some are still under the rubble. Our movement is better but there is little we can do without ambulances and other things.”

An activist in the neighborhood contacted by Reuters said residents were using primitive tools to rescue people. They feared many were buried under rubble.

“We are not getting any help, there are no ambulances or anything. We are removing the people with our own hands,” he said, adding there were only two field hospitals treating the wounded. Each one had a capacity to deal with 30 people, but he estimated the total number of wounded at 500.

“We have dug out at least 100 bodies so far, they are placed in the two mosques.”

A third Khalidiya resident, speaking by telephone with wailing and cries of “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) audible in the background, said at least 40 corpses had been retrieved from streets and damaged buildings.

As news of the violence spread, angry crowds of Syrians stormed their country’s embassies in Cairo, London, Berlin and Kuwait and protested in other cities.

In Cairo, a crowd stormed the Syrian embassy, smashing furniture and setting fire to parts of the building in protest over the Homs bloodshed. The gate of the embassy was broken and furniture was smashed on the second floor of the building.

In London, 150 people hurled stones at the Syrian embassy, smashing windows and shouting slogans. Police said five men were arrested after breaking into the building and another held for assaulting police. Kuwait’s KUNA news agency said Syrians broke into the embassy there at dawn, tore down the flag and injured several security guards. Demonstrators burst into the embassy in Berlin, destroying portraits of Assad and his father.

In the cities of Hama and Idlib, activists said hundreds of people took to the streets in solidarity. They chanted in Idlib: “Homs is bombarded, and you are still sleeping?”

(www.maannews.net / 04.02.2012)

News from Syria 04.02.2012

Resolutions don’t free people. Organizations don’t free people. The UN and NATO don’t free people. People free themselves

Ongoing bloodshed in #Syria

It is absolutely sickening watching them taking their sweet old time spewing BS while the killing continues! DO SOMETHING!

I bet #UNSC #China & #Russia called #Asad 2 assure him he is safe! I hope he doesnt see it as green light for worse massacres 2night :'(

#Damascus Qatana a second demo in the town in solidarity with #Homs and Daraya

US Ambassador to #Syria: A couple of members are steadfast in selling out the Syrian people

Free #Syria ns … This is a call to arms. The #Veto today sealed our fate. Armed struggle against #Assad and his murdering clan

@AsaWinstanley: Anyone calling for the UNSC to “take action” against human rights abuses anywhere is either naive, stupid or worse.”

L’ambassadeur français à l’ #ONU :” c’est un jour triste pour le Conseil de sécurité ” #Syrie

#Damascus Haran Al-Awameed Heavy deployment of sec forces accompanied by BRDM vehicles

BREAKING! Violent shelling from all directions at #Zabadani & #Mayada, military choppers are being used for the 1st time@JumanaJaber #Syria

#Russia and #China have vetoed a #UN Security Council resolution condemning the #Syrian gvts deadly crackdown on protests for the 2nd time

#Russia / #China : #Syria = #US : #Israel

No favorites. I condemn U.S. when it shields Bahrain & Israel from condemnation. I condemn China & Russia when it shields Assad. #Syria

Dear Syrian people only god & pro-Syrian revolution stand with U! Forget Arab govs & #UNSC ! We r praying 4 u,I wish we could do more #Syria

Did people actually expect the UN, who watched idly as war was waged on Iraq and a vicious massacre in Gaza, to help Syria? Pretty naïve!

Since when did the UNSC ever help the Arabs? In Gaza? In Baghdad? In Homs? West/Russia/China Self-interest only creates more bloodshed

======== #Alawites are not #Muslims ====== #Syria #SyriaBleeds

Syrië zet in Homs ‘een nieuwe stap in wreedheid’

Syrische demonstranten protesteren tegen het regime van president Assad in het noorden van Syrië.

Westerse leiders hebben vandaag de grote aanval op de Syrische stad Homs hard veroordeeld. Naar schatting kwamen meer dan 200 burgers om het leven door nachtelijke beschietingen met zware wapens.

De receptie van de Syrische ambassade in Caïro nadat deze is bestormd.

De receptie van de Syrische ambassade in Caïro nadat deze is bestormd.

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama sprak van een ‘onbeschrijflijk’ incident en moord op burgers door regeringstroepen. De Amerikaanse president riep de VN Veiligheidsraad op om een standpunt in te nemen tegen ‘de meedogenloze wreedheid’ van de Syrische president Bashar al-Assad. Ook riep hij Assad op af te treden.

‘IJzingwekkend’, noemde de Britse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken William Hague het geweld in de stad. Hij beschuldigde de Syrische president Bashar al-Assad van ‘koelbloedig cynisme’.

Volgens de Franse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Alain Juppé heeft Syrië met de aanval ‘een nieuwe stap gezet in wreedheid’.

De landen zetten Rusland onder druk om in te stemmen met een resolutie van de Veiligheidsraad van de Verenigde Naties tegen het Syrische bewind. Rusland, een bondgenoot van het Syrische bewind, is tot op heden echter onvermurwbaar. De Duitse VN-ambassadeur noemde het ‘een schandaal’ als de Veiligheidsraad niet handelt.

Tunesië
Tunesië heeft besloten de ambassadeur van Syrië het land uit te zetten vanwege de ‘bloedige slachtpartij’ in de Syrische stad Homs. Dat heeft een overheidsmedewerker die anoniem wil blijven vandaag gezegd. Hij zei dat Tunesië het regime van de Syrische president Bashar Assad niet langer erkent.

‘Er is geen andere oplossing voor deze tragedie dan de val van het regime van Bashar al-Assad en de opening van de weg naar democratie in Syrië’, aldus de verklaring van de Tunesische regering.

Tunesië was het land waar de grote Arabische opstand eind 2010 ontbrandde. President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was het eerste Arabische staatshoofd dat het hoofd moest buigen voor de massale volksprotesten. Na de val van de autoritair regerende Ben Ali zijn vrije verkiezingen gehouden.

Ambassades bestormd
In Londen, Caïro en Koeweit hebben Syriërs vandaag hun ambassades bestormd omdat ook zij woedend zijn over de aanvallen op Homs.

In Londen werden zes mannen gearresteerd nadat ze de Syrische ambassade in de Britse hoofdstad waren binnengedrongen. Zeker honderdvijftig mensen hadden zich gisternacht voor de ambassade verzameld.

In Caïro staken demonstranten een deel van de Syrische ambassade in brand en in Koeweit raakten beveiligers gewond toen demonstranten het pand bestormden. De betogers vernielden de ramen van de ambassade en hesen de vlag van de Syrische oppositie.

Gisteren werd de Syrische ambassade in Berlijn al bestormd. De binnendringers vernielden meubilair en spoten met verf leuzen op de gevel. Ze werden na hun vertrek uit de ambassade korte tijd ingesloten.

(www.volkskrant.nl / 04.02.2012)

Arab parliament head calls on Arabs to cut Syria ties

CAIRO (Reuters) — The head of the Arab Parliament, a committee of parliamentarians from Arab League states, called on Saturday for Arab countries to expel Syria’s ambassadors and sever diplomatic relations over President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on protests.
“(Arab states) should expel Syrian ambassadors and sever diplomatic relations and economic dealings (with Syria) until the regime complies with the demands of the Syrian people,” Ali al-Salem al-Dekbas, head of the 88-member committee, said in a statement.

Arab states have turned decisively against Assad in recent months over a crackdown on opponents of Assad that the United Nations says has killed at least 5,000 people in 11 months. Assad’s government says it is fighting foreign-backed insurgents, and most deaths have been among its troops.

Western and Arab nations are trying to overcome Russian resistance to a UN Security Council resolution backing an Arab League call for Assad to give up power. The diplomacy has taken on new urgency since activists said overnight that Assad’s forces had killed more than 200 people in the city of Homs.

Tunisia started a procedure on Saturday for withdrawing its recognition of Assad’s government.

Dekbas said Arab states should confront the Russian delegate to the United Nations, whose delay in taking action “allows for a continuation of …. killing of the Syrian people”.

He condemned what he said was “the international community standing and watching” violence in Syria, which he described as “crimes against humanity”

(www.maannews.net / 04.02.2012)

News from Syria 03.02.2012

AJA is airing pictures of dead bodies in AlKhaldieh #Homs. The eye witness is crying on AJA “we are humans..we are humans”

Holy shit. There was a massive explosion from this live stream of Homs

@DamascusTweets: TO EVERYONE IN #HOMS, GO DOWN TO LOWER LEVELS WHERE YOU LIVE! IMMEDIATLY! #SYRIA

138 dead in Homs according to Al-Arabiya. This is a full scale massacre

We call on @AmbassadorRice to witness reenactment of Hama Massacre. 1 a.m. in #Syria & Assad began. 100+ killed already. #Syria #HomsAttack

Sorry Al-Arabiya, but grow some balls and show these pictures. The world needs to see what is going on

Very fierce clashes are taking place now in Bab Sbaa. So many dead in Homs

@WhiteHouse: A massacre is being committed in #Syria SOS. #SyriaBleeds #AssadWillHang

Assad forces heading to Zabadani. Rastan, Khaldiya, Qusoor and Baba Amr in Homs are being attacked on the same time. Wounded being arrested

#Syria Forget about dead people here in #Homs city tonight, there are +150 INJURIES IN NEED OF URGENT MEDICAL HELP WE CAN’T RESCUE THEM

Alarabiya – 100 dead and 500 injured in the Khaldiya massacre

#KHALIDIYAH #BABAMR #RASTAN #ZABADANI ARE ALL BEING SHELLED. OVER 100 DEAD. IT’S THE #HAMA MASSACRE ALL OVER AGAIN. #Syria #HomsAttack

A massacre in #Homs, Al-Khalidiya neighborhood. 50 martyrs and over 400 wounded. #Syria

Very graphic injuries in Khaldiyah – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8g4eEakQE many, many dead

Activist Abu Ja’ffar is collecting the names of the martyrs in Homs. Children among the dead

#Syria :10s of injuries are now at hospitals WE DO NEED HELP WE NEED MEDICAL HELP TO RESCUE THEM” a doctor here in #Homs city just told me

Activists in #Syria: Please block port number1433 The so-called #Syria n Electronic Army is using the port to access MS-SQL vulenerabilities

Martyrs and wounded in Khaldiyah

Fucking hell. A sniper on the roof of the national hospital in Khaldiya is shooting at ambulances aiding the wounded

Syria forces break up Hama protest marking killings

BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian forces shot dead one person in the city of Hama on Friday as they broke up a protest marking the anniversary of a 1982 massacre by troops loyal to President Bashar Assad’s father, activists said.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces dispersed demonstrators in the Janoub al-Malaab district of Hama, where residents had planned to release 1,000 red balloons to mark the killing of more than 10,000 people when Hafez al-Assad’s forces crushed an Islamist uprising.

Violence has raged on as diplomats at the United Nations wrangle over an Arab and Western draft resolution condemning today’s Syrian authorities for a military crackdown on an 11-month-old revolt in which thousands of people have been killed.

Activists reported arrests and heavy gunfire in several areas and said at least 18 people were killed across Syria.

Violence also returned to the main commercial hub Aleppo, which has so far remained largely on the sidelines of the uprising but which is now home to a growing opposition movement.

Eight soldiers were killed in clashes with army deserters in the southern province of Deraa and seven people were killed in Damascus province, where the government beat back rebels who temporarily seized towns last week.

Syria’s government says foreign-backed militants are behind the uprising against 42 years of Assad family rule. Authorities prevented any commemoration of the Hama killings in all that time.

Activists had said protests would be held across Syria on Friday after the main weekly Muslim prayers under the banner “Hama, forgive us”.

Video footage on the Internet, purportedly filmed in Hama on Friday, showed dozens of people in a sidestreet waving green, white and black rebel flags and chanting “freedom forever”.

On Thursday, Hama residents coated many streets with red paint to mark the four-week assault on the city and the razing of its old town by Hafez al-Assad’s forces in February 1982.

At the UN Security Council, Arab and Western drafters of a resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown revised their text on Thursday in an effort to avoid a Russian veto, though their draft included language Moscow has rejected.

(www.maannews.net / 03.02.2012)

Terrorists shell residential areas in Homs

An image grab taken from a YouTube video uploaded on January 31, 2012 shows an oil pipeline burning in the Baba Amr neighborhood of the restive city of Homs following a terrorist attack.
At least 20 people have been injured as terrorist groups shell several residential areas in the Syrian city of Homs, where violent clashes between security forces and armed gangs continue to take their toll, Press TV reports.
Witnesses say terrorists fired shells at al-Zahra and al-Nezha neighborhoods in Homs on Wednesday and several homes and schools were hit.

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said 15 soldiers were also killed during clashes in the restive central city.

At least 15 people, including a top military commander, were killed by armed gangs in a northern suburb of the Syrian capital, Press TV’s correspondent in Damascus reported.

The clashes come as the West is making attempts to convince Russia not to veto a draft Security Council resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Russia has repeatedly expressed opposition to any UN resolution that would justify sanctions or the use of force against Syria, describing negotiations as the only way to end months of unrest in the country.

China, another veto- -wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, has also expressed opposition to the draft resolution based on concerns that this could eventually lead to a military action against Syria, similar to the NATO attacks on Libya in March 2011.

(www.presstv.ir / 02.02.2012)