Regime intensifies airstrikes,15 killed in another bakery attack
- Another bakery attack killed more than 15 people in the Homs suburb of Talbisa.
- Activists reported unprecedented aerial bombardments on the Latakia suburb of Masyaf Salma.
- Rebels shot down a fighter jet and stormed a pro-regime village in the suburb of Hama.
- Talbisa, Homs: Airstrike on the town’s only bakery leaves dozens of people dead and wounded, P2
- Ma’arrat Masrin, Idlib: Regime shelling leaves many people critically injured, some children suffer serious burns, P2
- Morek, Hama: Regime indiscriminate shelling leaves many people dead and wounded, including women and children,P2, P3
- Death Toll: 160 including 25 children, 9 women and 33 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 60, Homs: 31, Aleppo: 28, Hama: 13, Idlib: 10, Raqa: 8, Deir Azzour: 5, Daraa: 4, Qunaitera: 1)
- Number of areas shelled: +263
- Regime Soldiers Death Toll: +55
- Number of People Wounded: +70
- Number of People Detained: +12
- FSA Key Operations:
- Seized control of a gas factory in city of Raqa.
- Shot down a fighter jet and stormed a pro-regime village in the suburb of Hama.
- Destroyed a number of military tanks in the Hama suburb of Morek.
- Stormed the base of the army’s 113th brigade in Deir Azzour.
Summary of Events
The Assad regime continued its brutal crackdown on its opposition killing more than 160 people today, including 25 children that died due to the indiscriminate aerial raids, rocket and artillery shelling throughout the country as activists reported the death of six rebel fighters after inhaling unidentified poisonous gas deployed by regime forces in the city of Homs.
The Homs suburb of Talbiseh has seen its second mass murder in the 21-month uprising with regime fighter jet bombardin a bakery as hungry civilians were waiting in line for bread, therefore, leaving more than 15 of them dead and dozens more wounded.
At least 60 people were killed in Damascus and its suburbs, ten of whom did due to the fierce shelling in the provincial town of Daraya. Meanwhile, 28 people died in Aleppo, most of whom died due to the indiscriminate shelling in the neighbourhoods of Karm Maysar and Bustan Qaser as well as in the provincial town of Jabrin. Some seven people died in Hama, four of whom were killed in an airstrike that targeted a residential building in the provincial town Morek, the victim were IDPs who fled the violence from their town of Yabroud in rural Damascus. Dozens of people were killed due to the violent shelling and clashes that took place in Idlib, Raqa, Deir Azzour, Daraa and Qunaitera.
Regime forces shelled as many as 263 different areas across the country using all sort of heavy weaponry including cluster and phosphorous bombs as well as barrel bombs. Some 105 areas were shelled by mortar shells and 79 others were pounded by heavy artillery.
More than 31 areas came under rocket shelling as fighter jets launched more than 20 airstrikes mainly on the suburbs of Hama and Damascus as well as on the cities of Aleppo, Deir Azzour and Homs. Helicopter gunships dropped more than 31 barrel bombs, 20 of which targeted the district of Masyaf Salma in the suburb of Latakia. These attacks caused extensive damage to residential buildings and left dozens of people dead and wounded and sent thousands fleeing their homes.
The rebels made new gains across the country as they announced the liberation of the ancient castle of Harem which lies in the northeastern suburbs of Idlib after more than 70 days of continuous fighting that left at least 147 rebel fighters dead. The rebels continued to clamp down on the airbases of Menneg and Qowayres in the suburbs of Aleppo. They also seized control of a gas factory north of Raqa city and shot down a fighter jet as they stormed the Alawite village of Ma’an in the suburb of Hama, home for Assad staunch loyalists.
The rebels said they killed Nidal Alyan, a senior commander in the Palestinian “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine– General Command” during clashes in the neighbourhood of Tadamon, south of Damascus.
Mass and high-profile defections from the Assad regime took place today with Major Gen. Abudl-Aziz Shallal, head of military police in Syria announcing his defection to the rebels’ side. General Ali Khaled Ali, administrative chief at the department of military records also defected while activists said that deputy chief of investigation in the Syrian General Intelligence fled to Jordan and shall announce his defection within the next 48 hours. Some 70 soldiers have also defected to the rebels’ side from their base in the army’s 18th division in Homs.
Syrians killed: 51,099
Children killed: 3,820
Females killed: 3,784
Soldiers killed: 5,878
Protesters killed under torture: 1346
Protesters currently incarcerated: +140,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +542,620
Refugees in Turkey: +144,755
Refugees in Lebanon: +164,626
Refugees in Jordan: +154,147
Refugees in Iraq: +66,902
Refugees in Egypt: +11,190
Hlesa, Aleppo: The rebels destroy a military tank
East Ghoua, Damascus Suburb: The rebels storm an army base and detain a number of soldiers
Hama Suburb: The rebels bomb a military tank
Bennesh, Idlib: The rebels open fire on regime warplanes
Barzeh: Houses destroyed due to the indiscriminate shelling
Jobar: Hundreds of protesters join a funeral procession of their fallen heroes
Irbin: Protesters vow to continue their fight till they defeat Assad
Sbeneh: Car bombs blast leaves many people dead and wounded, P2
Kafarbatna: Regime fighter jet bombards the town
Nashabiya: Activists show the Russian-made ordnances used against them
Mliha: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded
Ghanto: Mangled human remains strewn along a street where regime ordnance has landed
Rastan: Humanitarian crisis exacerbates as the basic staples becomes more scarce
Bab Sebaa: Dead bodies left abandoned after been executed by regime forces
Qusour: The devastating aftermath of the fierce shelling
Deir Baalba: Many people get injured due to the indiscriminate shelling
Mahatta: Shops and pharmacies burnt down by regime forces
Herak: Airstrike kills and injures a number of civilians including women and children, P2, P3
Sheikh Maskin: The devastating aftermath of the violent shelling
Tayba: Activists show the remnants of the cluster bombs used against civil areas
Helfaya: Residents discover more bodies following yesterday deadly airstrike that left more than 100 people dead
Kafrnbouda: Doctors appeal for urgent medical aid
Hesraya: Residents discover four bodies which they said they were executed by regime forces
Salamiya: Protesters chant their support for the disaster-impacted town of Helfaya
Talmans: Activists say their town was bombarded with cluster bombs
Ma’arrat Masrin: Many people die and more get injured due to the indiscriminate shelling, P2
Darkoush: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Sho’aytat: Protesters chant their support for the Hama suburb of Helfaya
Jubaila: Regime forces bombard the neighborhood
Mre’aya: Clouds of smoke billow from the town following the heavy shelling
Masyaf Salma: The town comes under heavy shelling