More massacres in Damascus and Aleppo suburbs
- Regime forces committed mass murder in the suburb of Aleppo and intensified its shelling in the suburbs of Damascus.
- A pilot defected with his fighter jet as clashes intensified in Syria’s main two cities.
- US dollar hit new heights against the Syrian pound.
- Sbeneh, Damascus Suburb: Fighter jet drops phosphorous bombs on the town leaving many people dead and wounded, P2
- Damascus: Heavy fighting erupts in Daraya and Qadam, P2
- Leaked video footage shows regime forces beating up and taunting a detainee
- Total Death Toll: 145
- Opposition Death Toll: 123 including 14 children, 7 women and 36 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 48, Aleppo: 42, Daraa: 13, Idlib: 5, Homs: 4, Hama: 4, Raqa: 4, Deir Azzour: 2, Latakia: 1)
- Regime Soldiers & Militiamen Death Toll: +27
- Number of areas shelled: +281
- Number of People Wounded: +45
- Number of People Detained: +0
- FSA Key Operations:
- Seized control of a military checkpoint in Central Daraa city.
- Shelled the state security branch in the Idlib suburb of Jesser Shughour.
- Bombed the base of the army’s 138th regiment in the suburb of Damascus.
Summary of Events
A military convoy consisting of more than 24 military tanks and 3000 troops ran over the town of Khanaser in the eastern suburb of Aleppo in the north of the country, killing at least 21 people including women and children. They kidnapped dozens of people and used them as human shields as they carried out sweeps in the town and headed toward the town of Sfeera in order to break the siege imposed by the rebels on the Military Factories base.
Regime forces continued their attacks on residential areas within the rebels-held towns in Syria, shelling as many as 281locations across the country, 17 of which were pounded with warplanes using cluster, phosphorous, thermboaric and explosive bombs.
Today’s death toll reached 145. Regime forces and loyalist militiamen killed at least 123 people, including 14 children, 7 women and 36 rebel fighters, whereas the rebels killed more than 27 soldiers and militiamen.
In Damascus and its suburbs, at least 48 people, including five children and four women, were killed by regime forces today, the majority of whom died due to the indiscriminate shelling in the neighborhoods of Jobar and Qabun as well as in the provincial towns of Sbeneh, Moadamiyat al-Sham and Douma. Meanwhile, dozens more people were killed and injured due to the indiscriminate shelling and violent clashes that took place throughout Daraa, Homs, Idlib, Raqa, Deir Azzour, Hama and Latakia.
Activists said that a pilot defected with his fighter jet and attacked regime military posts in the Hama suburbs of Safsafiya and Salhab, leaving many regime soldiers dead and wounded.
Heavy fighting erupted in the southern neighborhood of Qadam where the rebels repelled the regime’s attempt to retake the railway and the police stations which fell to them few days ago. Clashes also took place in the neighborhoods of Yarmoukrefugee camp, Tadamon and Qabun.
In Aleppo city, the rebels attacked a checkpoint near the Hamadaniya Stadium and launched a major offensive on the Mohallab Barrack in the neighborhood of Sabeel, killing and injuring many regime soldiers. Heavy fighting also broke out in the neighborhoods of Saif Adola, Salaheddin, Ithaa, Old City, Jamiyat al-Zahraa and in the streets of Nile and Tishrin.
The rebels renewed their attack on the central prison in Raqa city and killed a number of security forces. Some 13 security personnel defected to their side during the attack.
The rebels ran over a military checkpoint in the neighborhood of Abasiya in central Daraa city and attacked several military posts in the Daraa suburbs of Ma’arbeh, Harrah and Tal Shihab and kept thwarting the regime repeated attacks on town of Bosr al-Harir.
The US dollar hit unprecedented heights against the Syrian pound with the Central Bank of Syria (CBS) today setting its selling price against the SYP at 80.50 and the purchase price at SYP 80.02. The US dollar in the black market was steady at 94 SYP.
Syrians killed: 65,674
Children killed: 4,422
Females killed: 3,602
Soldiers killed: 7,193
Protesters killed under torture: 1,465
Protesters currently incarcerated: +160,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +755,672
Refugees in Turkey: +170,643
Refugees in Lebanon: +245,671
Refugees in Jordan: +235,468
Refugees in Iraq: +82,575
Refugees in Egypt: +14,977
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Selected Media Coverage
Asharq Alawsat: Something’s Rotten in Syria
NPR: Tracking Rape In Syria Through Social Media
New York Times: New Problems in Syria: Hepatitis, Closed Hospitals, Ambulance Shortages
Independent: Violence follows women, kids beyond Syria
Mashable: How Skype Is Helping Topple a Dictator in Syria
ABC News: In Israel Raid, Syria Options Severely Constrained
Baramkeh: Anti-regime demonstration at the heart of the capital
Hajar Aswad: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Tadamon: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Jobar: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded
Modamiyat al-Sham: Regime shelling leaves at least ten people dead
Daraya: Mass destruction caused by the heavy shelling, P2
Saqba: Regime fighter jet drops thermobaric bombs on the town
Adra: The devastating aftermath of the aerial bombardments
Yalda: The town comes under heavy shelling
Tamanaa: Clouds of smoke billow from the town due to the violent shelling
Habeit: A house destroyed after been bombed by regime forces
Ma’arrat Numan: Children among many people who got injured due to the indiscriminate shelling
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
France: Medical aid convoy to Syria from Syrians in Strasbourg