Syria Update, September 9, 2012

Syria Update, September 9, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

by sherifazuhur

Syria Update September 9 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Current death toll: more than 90.

Yesterday’s death toll: 178.

Syrian women refugees including young girls are being exploited under the guise of marriage; the Internet seems to be aiding rather than inhibiting this trend. http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/online-trafficking-of-syrian-women-shames-all-involved

A Syrian film director and journalist, Tamer al-Awam (34) who hails from Suwaida, was killed in Aleppo on Saturday according to the Syrian National Council. He had traveled to Syria from Germany to be part of the uprising. According to a different source, he had been shooting a film of the Free Syrian Army when he was killed. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120909/syrian-filmmaker-tamer-alawam-killed-aleppo-amid-gove

Aleppo province: A car bomb killed 17 civilians and wounded 40 in Aleppo on Sunday night. This followed a warning by Abu Sayyaf, although no group had as yet claimed responsibility. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syria-criticizes-france-for-pledging-to-support-rebels-vows-to-cooperate-with-un-envoy/2012/09/09/91453c92-fa5e-11e1-a65a-d6e62f9f2a5a_story.html

It was earlier reported that least 27 persons were killed in explosions in the area of al-Kurra Ardiya.

The Syrian military shelled al-Sakhour, where some houses collapsed and deaths are reported and Hanano. There were clashes between the FSA and the SAA in al-Nayal street and the Sayyid Ali neighborhood as well as shelling by regime forces there.

Damascus province: The Syrian military have been shelling the towns of Zabadani and Yelda. Clashes took place on the new highway to Dara`a.

In Damascus, the Syrian military shelled the al-Asali and al-Hajar al-Aswad areas as well as the al-Jobar neighborhood. The Syrian military continued its raids into the Palestinian camps and captured some residents. Clashes took place in al-Qadam and the Syrian military shot and killed one civilian in Tadamon. That civilian was from the town of Kherbat Ghazala.

Dara`a province: The Syrian military bombarded the town of Naf`a killed 3 civilians (including two children).

There were clashes in the al-Lijah area. The Syrian military forces also shelled Heita, Sehm, Wadi al-Yarmouk and al-Yaduda.

Deir az-Zur province: Violent clashes between the Syrian military and the opposition were reported in the city of al-Boukamel and there were also reports of explosions.

Homs province: A bus carrying civilians and military troops was bombed as explosive devices that had been placed on the road from Homs to Masyaf were detonated. At least 4 persons were killed.

A land-mine exploded in al-Qusair killing 3 civilians.

Idlib province: The Syrian military shelled Maarat an-Naaman killing 4 and injuring 7, also one civilian was killed by a sniper. Syrian military jets bombed the town of Deir Sonbol. The Syrian military bombarded the village of al-Rami killing 4 civilians.

During clashes in the town of Harem, the Syrian military killed a defected officer.

Regime forces have shelled the villages of Beftamoun, al-Marghah, Mer’eyan, Meshmeshan, and Sarjeh and earlier in the day, they shelled the villages of Hass and Kafarsanjeh. The regime forces also shelled the towns of Kafrouma and Khan Shaykhoun.

Refugees: Two Syrian refugees, aged 20 and 23, wed today in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2012/09/09/syrian-couple-wed-jordan-refugee-camp/qYtPBNVu6koO0BTuxuV6IL/story.html

International:

Syrian government representative Jihad Makdisi accused France of supporting the militarization of the conflict and falsely claiming to support the mission of Lakhdar Brahimi to Syria. In the same news report, a doctor, Jacque Bérès from Doctors Without Borders claimed that half of the wounded rebels he was treating were foreign fighters. Dr. Bérès also said that the Syrian government was bombing indiscriminately and that the true death toll is perhaps twice that reported (currently at 21,000+ killed.).http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/world/middleeast/syria-criticizes-frances-support-of-rebels.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Cairo for meetings with the Arab League and has spoken by telephone with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi. He may visit Tehran after traveling to Damascus.

Turkish analysts have noted Algeria’s support for Iran in its stance on the Syrian conflict and support for Bashar al-Assad instead of the opposition. http://www.todayszaman.com/news-291763-turkey-unnerved-by-iran-algeria-deal-on-syria.html

A Few of Syria’s Historical and Archaeological Treasures:

The remains of Palmyra (Tadmur), and the citadel of Ibn Maan, the early Bronze Age site of Ebla, the Citadel of Aleppo constructed by Salah al-Din al-Ayubi and the khans, madaris, suqs and Great Mosque of Aleppo, the theater and ruined town at Bosra (also site of the Mabrak an-Nabi where the Prophet Muhammad’s camel kneeled) the Canaanite city of Ugarit at Ras Shamra, Douro-Europas, the Greek colony on the Euphrates near Salhiye, Tal Faras and Tal Muhammad Diab in Hassake, Tal Brak, the Bronze Age Atchana, Ain Dara, sites at Qanawat, Shahba, and Suwaida, the Ummayad mosque, the citadel, suqs and other sites in the Old City in Damascus such as the Street called Straight, the Azm palace and the Tekiyye mosque complex in Damascus, the chapel of St. Sergius in Ma`lula, the Hijaz railway station, the Crusader castle, Krak de Chevaliers, Salah al-Din’s castle built on the Saone fortress, Jaabar Castle, the Great Mosque an-Nuri, the mosque of Khalid ibn al-Walid and many churches and older buildings in Homs, and the citadel, Roman era water-wheels and khans of Hama.

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