Airport fighting continues, Egypt ready to evacuate its citizens
- Damascus airport closed for the second day as fighting continued near it.
- Syrian army wreaked havoc on the Daraa suburb of Taffas before heading to Damascus.
- Egypt urged its citizens to get in touch with its Embassy in Damascus.
- Taffas, Daraa: Regime forces commit another massacre in the town, P2, P3
- Al-Roz, Deir Azzour: Regime airstrike leaves many people dead and wounded, P2,P3
- Latakia Suburb: One of the churches that were targeted by the regime’s indiscriminate shelling
- Death Toll: 149 including 19 children, 9 women and 22 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 83, Aleppo: 24, Daraa: 17, Deir Azzour: 9, Idlib: 10, Hama: 5, Hama: 1)
- Number of areas shelled: +188
- Regime Soldiers Death Toll: +40
- Number of People Wounded: +65
- Number of People Detained: +13
- FSA Key Operations:
- Shot down a fighter jet in the Damascus suburb of Dumair.
- Destroyed three military tanks near Damascus airport.
- Seized control of a number of security points along the border with Jordan.
- Seized control of al-Omar oil field in the eastern province of Deir Azzour.
Summary of Events
Violence escalated in the capital as the fight for the country’s main airport continues for the second day in a raw. Almost all towns and villages under the control of the rebels were bombarded by the regime’s heavy artillery, mortar shells, rocket launchers and fighter jets, leaving as many as 83 people dead, including 26 that died in the town of Bait Sahem, ten in Daraya, eight in Douma, six in Bibila, five in Deir Asafir and many others in the towns of Moadamiya, Thiyabiya, Medeira and Abada.
All flights in and out of Damascus airport were cancelled as the rebels attacked a military checkpoint in the nearby town of Aqraba and repelled the regime’s ground assault on the nearby towns of Bait Sahem, Haran Awamid and Bibila, destroying three military tanks and killing many soldiers and militiamen.
The rebels also repelled the regime’s attempt to infiltrate the Damascus suburbs of Daraya and Zamalka. They attacked a number of military sites in the towns of Rankous, Harasta and Qatana in addition to shooting down another fighter jet and detaining its pilot in the town of Dumair.
The country remained offline for the second consecutive day as people couldn’t connect to the internet while facing partial outage of the cellphone and telephone services in several parts of the country.
At least 22 people, including six children were killed in Aleppo due to the indiscriminate shelling in the neighbourhoods of Kalaseh, Hollok, Sakhour and Haydariya. Regime forces continued their major onslaught on the Daraa suburb of Tafas killing more than 17 people including two children and two women in addition to burning down more than 300 houses before they heading on to Damascus.
Regime airstrike killed six people in the village of al-Roz in the Deir Azzour suburb of Baseira, while ten more people died due to the indiscriminate shelling in the Idlib suburbs of Shalakh, Ma’arshamsheh, Barra and Mahambel. Some five people were killed in Homs, three of whom died due to the fierce shelling in the provincial town of Rastan while two men were executed in the town Tal Kalakh.
Regime forces shelled as many as 188 different areas today. They fired mortar shells on more than 71 areas while their heavy artillery pounded more than 66 others. Some 35 areas came under rocket shelling as fighter jets bombarded more than ten areas of which six are said to have been shelled by cluster bombs thus causing extensive damage to residential buildings and leaving scores of people dead and injured.
Today’s death toll reached 149, including 19 children and nine women as well as 22 rebel fighters. At least 65 people were also injured.
Egypt urged its citizens in Syria to get in touch with its embassy in Damascus in order to arrange for their departure if they desired so. Ambassador Ali Ushairi, said in a televised interview that his government is taking the necessary measures to ensure safe return of its citizens back to Egypt.
The Syrian pound is losing further ground against the US dollar in both the black and formal markets. Today, the dollar was traded at an average of 90 pounds by informal currency dealers. Moreover, the price of the scarce cooking gas hit a new height at 1325 SYP per cylinder with the diesel still scarce in some parts of the country.
Regime forces killed 20 Lebanese gunmen and two Syrians as they entered the Syrian town of Tal Kalakh, near the Lebanese border. The men hail from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli which recently saw clashes between pro and anti-Assad Lebanese factions. Tensions swept through the city of Tripoli as reports claim that the victims were actually killed “execution style”.
Asaly: Demonstration chants support for the areas under attack
Qadam: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Hajar Aswad: Many casualties and mass destruction caused by the regime indiscriminant shelling, P2
Kafarsouseh: A building set ablaze after been hit by the regime shells
Deir Asafir: Another massacre committed by the Assad forces
Daraya: Many people die and more get injured due to the indiscriminate shelling, P2
Douma: Despite brutal crackdown, protesters chant for freedom
Hamouriya: Mass protest demands an end to rule of the Assad family
Bibila: The town’s telecommunication center destroyed by the regime shells
Saqba: Regime warplane drops ordnances on the town
Shaar: Protester chant for the areas under attack
Sukari: A child leads a protest demanding the overthrow of the regime
Hanano: Protesters chant their support for the rebel fighters
Kalaseh: Regime shelling leaves many people dead
Kobani: Protesters demand the overthrow of the regime
Al-Bab: Protesters denounce Assad’s crimes against humanity
Marea: Protesters vow to defeat Assad
Menbej: Mass protest demands the overthrow of the regime
Old City: Protesters vow to take Syria high
Waer: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Qusour: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Rastan: A mother mourns her slain son
Talbiseh: Protesters chant for the Syrian revolution
Houleh: Protesters demand Assad’s ouster
Refugee Camp: Regime forces bombard the camp
Al-Sad Road: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Central Daraa: Protesters chant for their fallen heroes
Inkhel: Demonstration chants for freedom and demands the overthrow of the regime
Qusour: Regime forces open fire on protesters
Hamidiya: Security forces open fire on protesters
Latmana: Protesters demand the overthrow of the tyrant
Qusour: Demonstrators chant for the rebel fighters
Kafarzeita: Demonstrators chant for the areas under attack
Madiq Fortress: Protesters encourage people to fight against the regime
Korin: Regime helicopter gunship drops a barrel bomb on the village
Sarmin: Protesters assure the illegitimacy of the Syrian regime
Habeit: Protesters demand Assad’s execution
Bennesh: Demonstrators chant for the Syrian revolution
Ashara: Children join an anti-regime protest demanding freedom
Mowthafin: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighborhood following the heavy shelling
Central City: Protesters chant for freedom and salute the fallen heroes
Jubaila: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighborhood following the heavy shelling
Latakia Suburb: A Christian woman explains how Assad’s warplanes bombarded the church
Tal Abyad: Demonstration demands the overthrow of the regime
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
Spain: Sit-in in solidarity with the people of Syria