More than 129 killed today and Russia continues to arm the regime
- Rebel fighters attack the presidential palace as clashes intensify in Damascus.
- Regime official said that Russia keeps arming the Syrian regime.
- Regime forces commit new massacres, 2695 Syrians fled to Jordan yesterday alone.
- Damascus: Rebel fighters clash with security forces in Barzeh neighborhood and fire locally-made missiles on the presidential palace, P2
- Aleppo Suburb: Regime airstrikes leave dozens of people dead and wounded in al-Bab and Menbij, P2, P3
- Rastan, Homs: Residents suffer the daily shelling that turned their houses into rubble, P2, P3
- Total Death Toll: 148
- Opposition Death Toll: 129 including 11 children, 5 women and 27 rebel fighters (Aleppo: 44, Damascus and Suburbs: 40, Homs: 17, Idlib: 11, Daraa: 8, Hama: 6, Latakia: 1, Raqa: 1, Deir Azzour: 1)
- Regime Soldiers & Militiamen Death Toll: +19
- Number of areas shelled: +226
- Number of People Wounded: +90
- Number of People Detained: +12
- FSA Key Operations:
- Fired mortar and rocket shells into the presidential palace and the Mazeh airbase in Damascus.
- Stormed a traffic police station in the Raqa suburb of Tabaqa.
- Attacked the airbases of Jaraha, Quwayres and Menneg in Alepo.
- Attacked the airbases of Tabqa in Raqa and Deir Azzour in Deir Azzour.
Summary of Events
Russia still supplies weapons to Syria based on legal contracts signed between the two countries long time ago, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil said to a Russian state-media today. Jamil said that Syria has always got weapons from Russia and still do and he confirmed that Syria will stop buying arms from Russia once the U.S. stops arming Israel.
Heavy clashes broke out on various fronts in the capital today as the rebels fired mortar and rocket shells into the Peoeple’s Palace and the Mazeh airbase. They also repelled the regime’s military offensive on the neighbourhoods of Barzeh and Tishrin in the north and attacked a number of military checkpoints in the Palestinian Yarmouk camp as well as in Dumar al-Balad near the p residential palace and another one near the State Security Branch in the neighbourhood of al-Joba in central Damascus.
The rebels stepped up their attacks on the military airports in the suburb of Aleppo. They seized control of the officers’ residential building near the Kuwayres airbase and killed seven troops inside the Jarah airbase in the Aleppo suburb of Masakana. They also shelled the Menneg airbase using heavy machine guns, artillery and locally-made missiles.
The rebels also stormed a traffic police station in the Raqa suburb of Tabaqa and clashed with the security forces near the municipality building in the same town. They also fired mortar shells into the Tabaq airbase as well.
They destroyed nine military tanks and a number of armoured vehicles during clashes that took place across the suburbs of Damascus, Daraa, Deir Azzour and Hama.
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 damage and leaving dozens of people dead and wounded.
The continued violence left more than 148 people dead today. Regime forces and loyalist militiamen killed at least 129 people, including 11 children, five women and 27 rebel fighters, whereas the rebels killed at least 20 soldiers and militiamen.
Regime airstrikes killed 20 people in the Aleppo suburb of Minbej and ten more in the suburb of al-Bab. Regime warplanes used dropped thermorabric bombs on residential areas in these two towns, turning many houses into rubble and leaving dozens more people wounded.
Regime forces executed and burnt 13 civilians near the town of Daraya today, while another aerial attack carried out by a fighter jet killed four people and injured many more in the town of Maida’aa of East Ghouta district near Damascus.
The joint Assad-Hezbollah forces killed 11 people in Homs. Rocket launchers and heavy artillery stationed at the Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese villages near the border with Syria, bombarded the town of Qusair, west of Homs. They also opened heavy fire on the Syrian villages of Burhaniya, Abu Hori and Sqarjeh where at least two people were killed. They also continued their intense rocket shelling on the neighbourhoods of Jobar and Sultaniya as well as the villages of Kafar’aya and Naqeera, leaving many people dead and wounded.
In Hama, at least seven people died and dozens more were injured due to the indiscriminate shelling in the town of Karnaz and the villages of Zakat and Hayalin.
Jordanian authorities said that more than 2695 Syrians crossed into Jordan yesterday only. According to Anmar Al Hamoud, government spokesperson for Syrian refugee affairs, said that more than 79,000 Syrians currently live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq, 80 kilometres north of Amman.
Amid growing insecurity in Syria’s Aleppo region, all parties to the conflict must respect patients, medical staff, and health facilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. On January 24, a missile landed 800 meters from an MSF field hospital in the Aleppo area. No casualties were reported. On January 13, after an airstrike on a market in the nearby town of Azaz, 20 wounded people were treated at MSF’s hospital. MSF operates three field hospitals in the north and north-west of the country despite failing to obtain a permission from the Assad government.
Syrians killed: 64,077
Children killed: 4,289
Females killed: 3,532
Soldiers killed: 6,839
Protesters killed under torture: 1,439
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
Asharq Alawsat: Kerry: His View on the Syrian Conflict
CNN: The Syrian crisis: Where’s US aid going?
Al-Arabiya: Who is the killer in Syria?
GMA News: To survive in strife-torn Syria, civilians fell rare trees for firewood
New York Post: Assad kin on the run
Aqraba, Damascus Suburb: Ababeel Horan Brigades clash with regime forces
Aleppo: Rebel fighters continue their attack on the Kuwayres airbase
Herak, Daraa: Rebel fighter storm a military checkpoint
Raqa, Tabaqa: Rebels kill a number of soldiers as they storm their checkpoint
Jobar: Residents try to rescue a man that was shot by a sniper, P2
Qaboun: A rebel fighter killed during clashes with regime forces
Zahira: Car bomb explosions leaves many people dead and wounded
Mleiha: Mass destruction caused by the violent shelling
Saqba: Regime warplanes bombard the town
Bowayda: A man killed by the indiscriminate shelling
Douma: Residents discover an unidentified body that carries torture marks
Sheikh Saeed: Rebels fighters get injuring during clashes with regime forces
Salaheddein: The neighborhood comes under heavy shelling
Khan Wazeer: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Marea: Clouds of smoke billow from the town due to the violent shelling
Jourat Shiyah: Mass destruction caused by the indiscriminate shelling
Qusour: Two brothers killed during clashes with regime forces
Ghanto: The town comes under heavy rocket shelling
Qusair: Fighter jet bombards the town
Tananaa: Buildings set ablaze due to the indiscriminate shelling
Karnaz: A rebel fighter killed during clashes with regime forces
Ram Hamdan: A man killed while being used as a human shield by the regime forces
Ghweran: Funeral procession of a rebel fighter who was killed during clashes with the Kurdish militias
Tabqa: Regime warplanes drop cluster bombs on the town
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
Canada & US: “I stand in solidarity with the students of Aleppo University