Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Heavy clashes restart in Damascus

Syrian Revolution News Round-up 
Day 506: Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Heavy clashes restart in Damascus

Today's Top Stories:

Heavy clashes between rebel fighters and regime forces restart in Damascus.

Amid power and communications blackout, rebel fighters in Aleppo continue to gain control of additional neighbourhoods and repel regime forces’ ground assault
Regime forces massacre civilians in the Damascus suburbs of Artouze and Yalda, in the Idlib suburb of Ariha and in the village of Mhemeida in Deir Azzour province.

Today's Statistics
Death Toll: 140 (Damascus Suburbs: 71, Idlib: 15, Aleppo: 14, Deir Azzour: 14, Homs: 8, Damascus: 5, Daraa: 4, Latakia: 2, Qunaitera: 1)
Free Syrian Army key operations:
Three military tanks in the Idlib suburb of Saraqib
One military tank in the neighbourhood of Tadamon in Damascus
One military tank in the Saladin neighbourhood in Aleppo
Shot down:
One helicopter gunship in the Idlib suburb of Saraqib
One helicopter gunship in Homs
A police station in the Deir Azzour suburb of Mayadin
The neighbourhood of Bab al-Hadid in Aleppo city
Two armoured vehicles in the neighbourhoods of Tadamon and in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus
At least 43 army soldiers throughout the country.
Summary of Events

After fierce shelling that lasted several hours, regime forces carried out summary executions in the Damascus suburb of Artouze and Yalda, killing at least 65 people dead. Meanwhile, heavy shelling that targeted the town of Ariha in Idlib suburb left more than 10 people dead and many more wounded. Regime forces also attacked a funeral in the village of Mhemeida in Deir Azzour province, killing many people including women and children.

Heavy clashes began again in the neighbourhoods of Tadamon, Qadam and Yarmouk refugee camp in the capital Damascus amid heavy shelling. For the first time, skirmishes also occurred in the Christian neighbourhoods of Bab Touma and Bab Sharqi in Damascus’s Old City. Regime forces also shelled the suburbs of Moadamiya, Deir Asafir, Madaya and Zabadani.

Amid power and communications blackout, regime forces continued bombarding from a distance the rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo city, using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships. Rebel fighters continued repelling the assault, advancing to seize more neighbourhoods, such as Bab al-Hadid.

Regime forces continued attacks on the Old City neighbourhood in Homs and its provincial towns of Krak des Chevaliers, Makramiya, Qasir, Rastan and Abel, in the neighbourhoods of al-Sad and the refugee camp in the city of Daraa and its provincial towns of Khirbet Ghazaleh, Yadouda, Taffas, Tal Shihab and Taiba as well as the Hama suburbs of Taybat Imam, Latmana and Morek.



Revolution Statistics:

Syrians killed: 22,760
Children killed: 1,757
Females killed: 1,752
Soldiers killed: 1,671
Protestors killed under torture: 838
Missing: +65,000
Protestors currently incarcerated: +216,000
Syrian refugees since March: +127,337
Refugees in Turkey: +44,038
Refugees in Lebanon: +34,096
Refugees in Jordan: +38,883
Refugees in Iraq: +10,794

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