Rebel fighters storm the central prison in Idlib
- Rebel fighters stormed the central prison in Idlib and set more than 300 detainees free.
- The Syrian National Coalition will not attend the international donor conference in Kuwait.
- Regime forces perpetrated more massacres in the suburbs of Damascus, Daraa and Homs.
- Idlib: Rebel fighters storm the central prison, P2, P3
- Marea, Aleppo Suburb: Long-range rocket hits the town and leaves many people dead and wounded
- Saida: Regime forces kill a number of civilians as they raid the town, P2, P3
- Total Death Toll: 185
- Opposition Death Toll: 130 including 8 women, 5 children and 41 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 40, Idlib: 22, Homs: 21, Daraa: 17, Aleppo: 12, Hama: 12, Deir Azzour: 3, Raqa: 2, Hasaka: 1)
- Regime Soldiers & Militiamen Death Toll: +55
- Number of areas shelled: +31
- Number of People Wounded: +55
- Number of People Detained: +8
- FSA Key Operations:
- Stormed the central prison in the city of Idlib.
- Stormed the town of Shughour in the Idlib suburb of Jesser Shughour.
- Destroyed seven military tanks and four armored vehicles.
Summary of Events
A group of rebel battalions from the Syrian Islamic Front stormed the central prison in Idlib city and set more than 300 detainees free in addition to seizing control of more than 60% of the sprawling prison. The attack came minutes after a regime warplane dropped phosphorus bomb on the prison and left many detainees dead and wounded. Meanwhile, dozens of rebel fighters and regime forces were killed during clashes inside the prison.
The rebels seized control of the provincial town of Shughour in the Idlib suburb of Jesser Shughour after a heavy battle that left at least 10 rebel fighters and many regime soldiers dead.
In Raqa, the rebels stormed a checkpoint manned by the Air Force Intelligence forces in the Aleppo-Raqa road in addition to the Railway checkpoint manned by the Military Security forces near the town of Tabaqa.
The rebels continued to thwart the regime’s ground assault on the city of Daraa and its provincial towns of Baser Harir and Herak. Heavy clashes also continued near Damascus suburbs of Daraya and Moadamiyat al-Sham for the 73rd day in a raw, whereas in Homs, the rebels destroyed two military tanks as repelled the repeated attacks by the Assad-Hezbollah forces on the neighbourhoods of Jobar and Sultaniya.
Heavy clashes also erupted in the neighbourhoods of Bustan Qaser, Leramon, Bani Zaid, Sabaa Bahrat, Ithaa and Salaheddin in Aleppo city where the rebels gained new grounds in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Saad in the north. The rebels also continued their attacks on the military airbases of Nerab, Quwayres and Mennege.
Neither the Assad regime nor the opposition Syrian National Coalition will attend the international donor conference in Kuwait next week, a Kuwaiti official said. Representatives from 60 countries and 20 NGO’s will attend the conference that will collect donations to tackle the humanitarian crisis of the Syrian refugees.
Regime forces continued their indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas across the country, using cluster, phosphorus, therbombaric and explosive bombs as well as the long-range surface-to-surface missiles, causing extensive material mdamage and leaving dozens of people dead and wounded.
The continued violence left more than 185 people dead today. Regime forces and loyalist militiamen killed at least 130 people, including eight women, five children and 41 rebel fighters, whereas the rebels killed at least 55 soldiers and militiamen.
Some 34 people were killed in Damascus and its suburbs today, six of whom were executed at a military checkpoint in the provincial town of Rihan, while dozens more were killed and injured in the provincial towns of Daraya and Moadamiyat al-Sham due to the heavy rocket and aerial bombardments.
The Assad-Hezbollah forces killed at least 21 people in Homs and its suburbs, including three women and four children that died due to the indiscriminate shelling in the provincial town of Qusayr. Activists warned of new massacres as the military campaign continues on the besieged neighbourhoods of Homs which were bombarded with more than 100 shells today.
Regime forces and militiamen committed three massacres in the city of Daraa and its provincial towns of Dael and Saida, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens more wounded. The indiscriminate rocket shelling left at least eight people dead in the Idlib suburb of Habeit. Meanwhile, five unidentified bodies that appear to have been executed were discovered in the neighbourhood of Sakhour in Aleppo city.
Protesters took to the streets in various areas across the country condemning the regime’s crimes and demanding an end to its attacks on the rebels-held towns.
Syrians killed: 63,929
Children killed: 4,278
Females killed: 3,528
Soldiers killed: 6,812
Protesters killed under torture: 1,436
Protesters currently incarcerated: +140,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +678,540
Refugees in Turkey: +156,801
Refugees in Lebanon: +223,231
Refugees in Jordan: +204,303
Refugees in Iraq: +77,415
Refugees in Egypt: +14,156
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Selected Media Coverage
Aljazeera: Syria tensions spill over to Australia
Aljazeera: The battle for exposure in Syria
The Independent: An ill-timed tour of Syria: Amid the ancient sites, an uprising takes root
Foreign Policy: Why the Killing in Syria Is Just the Beginning
Washington Post: The all-female militias of Syria
Herak, Daraa: Rebel fighters destroy a military tank
Baser Harir, Daraa: Rebel fighters thwart the regime’s attempt to ran over the town
Hasaka: Rebels detain a number of Kurdish militiamen
Hama: Chief of police General Mustafa Haji defects
Aleppo: Rebels fire missiles into the Quwayres airbase
Daraya, Damascus Suburb: Rebel fighters destroy a military tank
Daraya: Regime forces push their military tanks into the town
Moadamiyat al-Sham: Funeral procession of the fallen heroes
Douma: Regime forces execute a number of civilians
Thyabiya: The town comes under heavy shelling
Hazza: Children demand the overthrow of the regime
Yabroud: Protesters chant for freedom
Koubani: Protesters chant support for the areas under attack
Sha’ar: Mass demonstration demands the overthrow of the regime
Bustan Qaser: A child leads an anti-regime protest
Ahsrafiya: Demonstration chants for the rebel fighters
Minbej: Protester say Assad is illegitimate
Al-Bab: Demonstrators take to the streets to demand the downfall of the regime
Bazzaa: Protesters condemn inaction by the Arab nations
Hayan: Regime shelling causes extensive material damage
Qusair: Regime forces perpetrate another massacre, P2
Wa’er: Protesters vow to continue their revolution
Kafara’ya: Clouds of smoke billow from the village due to the indiscriminate shelling
Dar Kabeera: Demonstration in solidarity with the areas under attack
Jouret Shiyah: The neighborhood comes under heavy shelling
Dael: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded, P2
Ibtaa: Protesters say that Syrian Army is a traitor
Baser Harir: Lifeless body of fallen Abdul-Ghani Tarshan
Mahatta: Protesters chant their support for the revolution
Yadouda: The aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Kaferzeita: Protesters challenge the regime’s killing machine and demand its downfall
Karnaz: A child killed due to the indiscriminate shelling
Sheikh Anbar: Demonstrators chant their support for the rebel fighters
Hamidiya: Demonstration chants for freedom and demands the overthrow of the regime
Tariq Halab: Dozens of protesters take to the streets in solidarity with the detainees
Habeet: The town comes under heavy shelling
Kefrouma: Protesters call for Jihad against Assad
Tamanaa: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Darkoush: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Jeser Shoghour: A rebel fighter gets injured during clashes with regime forces
Mayadeen: Protesters chant their support for the rebel fighters
Central City: A rebel fighter shot dead during clashes with regime forces
Sheikh Yaseen: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighborhood due to the heavy shelling
Jurthi: Demonstration chants for freedom and for the fallen heroes
Buqros: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Salhiya: Demonstration chants support for the areas under attack
Tabaqa: Clouds of smoke billow from the town due to the indiscriminate shelling
Marj Khokha: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
Spain: Granada sit-in in solidarity with University of Aleppo