Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summary (31/07/2012)

At least 72 martyrs have been killed today most of them are in Damascus and Aleppo, which has now seen 12 consecutive days of fighting. Despite the counter-attack by Assad’s forces, the FSA has gained more ground inside the city, liberating at least 3 police stations and security branches. Zaino Berri, head of an infamous family of shabiha in Aleppo was caught and executed. We have little sympathy for a thug like Berri, but we are concerned that revenge killings like this not be allowed to spiral out of control. Elsewhere, the shelling on Dier Ezzor, Homs and  Daraa continued. In Damascus clashes continue, with Yarmouk Camp and Tadamun under heavy attack last night and this morning. See the map for more info.

Summary (30/07/2012)

At least 100 martyrs have fallen today, mostly in Damascus, Daraa and Aleppo where the FSA have so far been able to hold off the regime’s attacks in the city while continuing to make gains in the countryside. A regime position in Anadan fell, and captured tanks were used to attack Mennagh Airbase. In Homs, it seems hundreds of families living in the ruins are now almost forgotten, despite still being shelled daily while Deir Ezzor, Syria’s 6th city has now been under bombardment for 40 days. Meanwhile the defections continue, with the most senior Syrian diplomat in London resigning, and a group of 12 officers, including the deputy chief of police in Lattakia, defecting and crossing into Turkey. See the map for more info.

Summary (29/07/2012)

At least 135 martyrs have fallen today, 30 were killed in the town of Sheikh Miskin in Daraa province when Assad’s tanks shelled a school that was being used as a field hospital. In the Damascus suburb of Moaddamiya, 52 people were slaughtered by shabiha. In Aleppo, the FSA have held back Assad’s forces from entering Salah Eddin district. As always the response has been the shelling of residential areas by tanks and mortars backed by helicopters. 200,000 people are reported to have fled the city in the last 2 days. See the map for more info.

Summary (28/07/2012)

At least 165 martyrs have been killed today most of them in Idlib, Deir Ezzor, Damascus and Aleppo, where we have seen the opening of a widely expected regime counterattack to try to “cleanse” the city from FSA presence. This means that 9 of Syria’s 10 largest cities have been assaulted by Assad’s forces. Meanwhile, the world keeps practicing its hobby of hollow condemnations. Finally, we have to say that even if most of Syria is under shelling and seeing fighting on the streets, the spirit of the peacefull protests is still at the core of our revolution, and protests continue to take place in many towns and cities. See the map for more info.

Summary (27/07/2012)

At least 100 martyrs have fallen today. Daraa, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Deir Ezzor, Idlib and parts of Lattakia province are all under shelling and living though very difficult conditions, but the whole world is looking at one place now, Aleppo. The FSA has taken over almost half the city and continues to assault regime positions inside the city, while the regime continues to mass thousands of troops and tanks outside the city, harassed by fighters in the countryside. An MP from Aleppo province fled to Turkey, while Syria’s Ambassador to Belorussia and the Baltic States has become the latest diplomatic defection. Meanwhile, it seems the world is doing what it has done for the last 500 days – taking a comfortable seat and preparing to watch the imminent massacre. If you look at the map and think that protests are less than the usual on Fridays, excuse us but the shelling and displacement are taking their toll.

Summary (26/07/2012)

At least 165 martyrs have fallen today including many women and kids. The advance of the FSA in Aleppo has pushed Assad to move thousands of troops and tanks from Idlib and Hama to Aleppo where they are now preparing for a counterattack while aircraft continue to attack parts of the city and its countryside. Damascus also had a bloody day, when helicopters and tanks shelled densely populated areas in the south and west of the city – Yarmouk camp, Hajar Aswad and Daraya. There was a massacre of 22 defected soldiers near the Jordanian border, and we leave it to your imagination how bad the situation is in Idlib, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Hama… See the map for more info.

Summary (25/07/2012)

At least 129 martyrs have been reported today. In his war against the Syrian people Assad is now using almost all the weapons that he could use in a war against another country, with the airforce in use in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs (don’t believe us? check Homs – Rastan on today’s map). But hey, Clinton thinks that Assad still has time to negotiate an exit – the 16 months and more than 20,000 slaughtered Syrians haven’t been enough yet. Meanwhile, the regime is sending reinfocements to Aleppo, where the fighting has continued for a 6th day while the ambassador to the UAE Abdullatif Dabbagh and the security attaché in Oman, Mohammed Tahssin al-Faqir both announced their defections today. See the map for more info.

Summary (24/07/2012)

At least 147 martyrs are reported today. In Hama province there was a massacre of up to 30 people in Sahel al-Ghab region when shabiha opened fire on people entering a mosque. In Aleppo the fighting continued to spread through the city, with the regime using tanks, mortars, helicopters and, according to a BBC journalist in the city, fixed wing aircraft to shell rebel positions. In Herak in Daraa province 10 people including 8 kids were killed when their shelter was hit by shelling. Clashes are still going on in several parts of Damascus and Kurdish forces are increasing their control over the north-east. Meanwhile, Lamia al-Hariri the most senior Syrian diplomat in Cyprus has defected and arrived in Qatar. See the map for more info.

 

Summary (23/07/2012)

It is now becoming routine that the number of daily recorded martyrs exceeds 100 and today was no exception – at least 111 martyrs have fallen  most of them in Damascus where 25 bodies were found in Barzeh and other dozens in Mezzeh and the suburb of Moaddamiya. The fighting continues in Aleppo and the shelling has never stopped in Daraa, Homs or Deir Ezzor. The most serious issue now in Syria (after the daily killing) is the very hard humanitarian situation for hundreds of thousands of people who are displaced inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries. Iraq has now said it will allow Syrian refugees to cross the border. See the map for more info.

 

Summary (22/07/2012)

104 martyrs have fallen today most of them are in Damascus and Aleppo, where the regime has deployed tanks and helicopters against residential areas where the FSA has been operating. The bloody clashes and shelling in the political and economic capitals doesn’t mean the rest of Syria is any better. Those who check the daily map we produce know that the red placemark refers to martyrs falling or shelling. Sadly, day after day the maps are becoming more and more red. In particular, we fear a serious massacre in Rastan, Homs province. See the map for more info.

 

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