More than 46,000 Syrians died in 2012
- More than 144 people died on the last day of year 2012.
- Regime forces perpetrated massacres in Damascus and Aleppo.
- Rebel fighters shot down three warplanes, fought heavy battles in the suburbs of Aleppo and Damascus.
- Jobar, Damascus: Residents discover three school children who died under torture after been kidnapped some days ago
- Marjeh, Aleppo: Regime shelling reduces a number of residential buildings to rubble and leaves many people dead and wounded
- Deir Sharqi, Idlib Suburb: Regime helicopter gunship drops phosphorus bombs on the village
- Death Toll: 144 including 17 children, 10 women and 44 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 67, Aleppo: 35, Hama: 14, Idlib: 14, Homs: 6, Daraa: 5, Deir Azzour: 2, Qunaitera: 1, Raqa: 1)
- Number of areas shelled: +312
- Regime Soldiers Death Toll: +45
- Number of People Wounded: +75
- Number of People Detained: +35
- FSA Key Operations:
- Shot down 1 fighter jet and 2 helicopter gunships.
- Destroyed a big number of military tanks and armoured vehicles in Damascus.
- Attacked the central prison of Raqa city.
- Seized control of the Habari oil well in the Raqa suburb of Tabaqa.
Summary of Events
More than 144 people, including 17 children, ten women and 44 rebel fighters were killed by regime forces on the last day of the bloody year 2012 where more than 46,240 people died, including civilians, rebel fighters and regime forces.
At least 67 people died in Damascus and its suburbs today, including 16 rebel fighters that were killed during clashes with regime forces in the town of Moadamiyat al-Sham. Meanwhile, three school students were killed under torture after been kidnapped in the neighbourhood of Jobar few days ago. Dozens of civilians were also killed and many more were wounded as regime forces continued their indiscriminate shelling in the provincial towns of Daraya, Douma, Qarrah, Zabadani, Mesraba and Sbeneh.
More than 14 people died Aleppo city when a regime helicopter gunship dropped a number of barrel bombs on a residential compound in the neighbourhood of Marjeh. Meanwhile, the rebels discovered five bodies when they stormed the oil well of Habari in the Raqa suburb of Tabaqa in the north of the country.
Regime forces shelled as many as 312 different locations across the country using all sort of heavy weaponry, including cluster, phosphorous, thermobaric and TNT bombs. Some 124 locations were shelled by mortar shells and 124 others were pounded by heavy artillery. More than 45 locations came under rocket shelling as fighter jets struck more than 21 others. These attacks caused extensive damage to residential buildings and left dozens of people dead and wounded and sent thousands fleeing their homes.
The rebels shot down a fighter jet in the East Ghouta district of Damascus province in addition to a helicopter gunship in the suburb of Idlib. They bombed a helicopter gunship as they pushed into the Menneg airbase while continued to besiege the airbases of Jarrah and Quwayres in Aleppo itself.
Heavy fighting erupted in Damascus and its suburbs as the rebels thwarted an attempt by regime forces to enter the Palestinian Yarmouk camp as well as the provincial towns of Daraya, Moadamiyat al-Sham, Zabadani, Sayeda Zeinab, Irbin and other towns near the road to Damascus airport. The rebels destroyed at least eight military tanks and a number of armoured vehicles, in addition to killing and wounding dozens of regime soldiers during these clashes.
Fighting also continued on several fronts in Idlib, Daraa, Deir Azzour, Hama and Raqa. The rebels continued their offensive on the Deir Azzour airbase in the east and stormed the Habari oil well in the Raqa suburb of Tabaqa in the north. Fighting left dozens of regime soldiers and rebel fighters dead.
Syria’s formal inflation rate increased by 48% on an annual basis in September, according to the government’s statistical agency. Prices skyrocketed in Syria in recent months over plummeting production and supplies, higher import tariffs and a decline in the value of the Syrian pound.
Syrians killed: 52,348
Children killed: 3,944
Females killed: 3,876
Soldiers killed: 6,157
Protesters killed under torture: 1,372
Protesters currently incarcerated: +140,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +568,958
Refugees in Turkey: +147,107
Refugees in Lebanon: +172,904
Refugees in Jordan: +164,746
Refugees in Iraq: +67,015
Refugees in Egypt: +13,001
France supports Brahimi plan as long as it means departure of al-Assad
Turkey General Staff denies that Turkish pilots have been arrested in Syria
Jordan to close its border with Syria if Assad falls
Selected Media Coverage
Council on Foreign Relations: Voices From the Region: Turkey, Egypt, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Yemen
Al-Arabiya: Syria’s Assad fears sleeping every night in same bedroom: report
Gulf News: What’s next for Syria in 2013?
The Australian: Nearly 90% of Syria dead killed in 2012
Ruken al-Din: Protesters condemn the shelling by regime forces and demand the overthrow of the regime
Qabun: The neighborhood comes under heavy shelling
Asaly: Residents discovered four unknown bodies that apparently died under torture
Tadamon: Smoke rises from the residential buildings following the heavy shelling
Jesrin: Residents try to pull bodies from the rubble
Zabadani: Regime forces heavily bombard the town
Mdeera: One of the victims who was killed due to the indiscriminate shelling
Douma: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded
Moadamiyat al-Sham: Despite the raging violence, protesters take to the streets to ask for help from the international community
Azaz: Regime forces bombard the national hospital, leaving many people dead and wounded
Kobani: Protesters demand the overthrow of the regime
Bab Nerab: Regime shelling turns buildings into rubble and leaves many people dead and wounded
Old City: Smoke rises from the city due to the heavy shelling
Houla: Mass explosions rock the town due to the heavy shelling
Qusour: The devastating aftermath of the fierce shelling
Talkalakh: A man killed by an explosive
Baser Harir: Regime warplane bombards the town
Khirbet Ghazaleh: Many students get injured when a shell landed in their school
Inkhel: The devastating aftermath of the fierce shelling
Central Daraa: The devastating aftermath of the fierce shelling
Tariq Halab: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Kafarzeita: Regime warplanes drops ordnances on a residential area, P2
Latamna: Smoke rises from the town due to the violent shelling
Kafrnbouda: A child gets critically injured after been hit by a shrapnel
Central City: The rebels try to pull out a civilian who was shot dead by a sniper
Howayqa: Smoke rises from the neighborhood due to the violent shelling
Ardi: Houses set ablaze due to the heavy shelling
Mowathafin: Smoke rises from the neighborhood due to the violent shelling
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
Algeria: Demonstration in solidarity with the Syrian revolutionaries