Syria Update, October 21, 2012

Syria Update, October 21, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Today’s early death toll: 103 persons

Saturday’s death toll: At least 123 persons killed including 53 unarmed civilians.

Syrian government military forces invade a field hospital and push their boots in a patient’s face, addressing him as “you animal” and demanding to know where his weapons are. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUpgh5XoRQg&feature=player_embedded
And here the Syrian military have taken over a kindergarten

http://www.youtube.com/embed/0OosmrQ16i4

Aleppo province: Numerous civilians, including children killed and injured in Masaken al-Hanano. Earlier reports said 3 killed and 18 wounded. An opposition fighter died in the city of his wounds. The Syrian military shelled Deir Hafer. Heavy clashes took place between the opposition and the Syrian military in the Aqba, Bab Antakiya, and al-Awameed neighborhoods; and near the Aleppo citadel, killing 3 opposition fighters. The Syrian military shelled Meyser, Bani Zaid, Bustan al-Basha and al-Khaldiayya. I man was killed by a sniper in Bustan al-Qasr.

The opposition took over al-Ramousa highway. The Syrian military shelled the towns of Tel Rif`at, Bshaqtin and al-Houta.

Damascus province: A car bomb went off in Bab Touma in front of the police station killing 10. Syrian state television blamed the attack on the opposition (i.e. “terrorists”). A car bomb exploded in the al-Wadi area of the Barzeh neighborhood. The Syrian military shelled Harasta and clashed with the opposition, killing 3. The Syrian military resumed its shelling of Hamouriyya and the towns of al-Ghouta al-Sharqiyya. 1 man was killed by sniper fire in the Qaboun neighbourhood. The Syrian military raided the Mezze neighborhood.

The Syrian military shelled Zamalka, Irbeen and Zabadani. Outside Zabadani, the Syrian military killed an opposition fighter. Raids and detentions continued in the town of Jdeidat Artouz, where the Syrian military set houses on fire. Near al-Tal, 9 Syrian military troops were killed and injured when an IED attack targeted their truck.

Dara`a province: Syrian forces carried raids and arrests of civilians in the town of al-Sanamein. The Syrian military shelled the towns of Da’el, al-Hrak, al-Na`ima, Tal Chehab, al-Mzeirib and the al-Lajja area. Gun fire was heard in Dara`a al-Mahatta. Syrian military forces stormed the towns of Ma’raba, Tibat al-Ezz and al-Mata’iya. The Syrian military shelled the town of Khirbet Ghazala.

Deir az-Zur province The city of Deir az-Zur is a disaster area, it has been under siege for 126 days. Food is scarce as is medicine. Online activists are trying to draw attention to the plight of the city. Shelling resumed on the al-Hamidiya neighborhood and clashes took place in al-Rashdiyya. As many as 75 people were summarily executed and burned to death by the Syrian military and their bodies were discovered Friday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8CcyhOe4fA

The Syrian military shelled al-Bariha, al-Sabha, al-Shahil and al-Zar. Yesterday, the Free Syrian Army took over a third police station in the town of Bukamel.

Hama province An explosion shook al-Qusur in the city of Hama.

The Syrian military shelled Hamidyya, Jabal Shaheshbo, Qastouna and al-Zaka.

Homs province: The Syrian military shelled the neighborhoods of Jobar, al-Sultaniyya and Tel al-Shour. Clashes took place in Karam Shamshem.

The Syrian military shelled the town of Talbisa. The Syrian military resumed shelling on the city of Rastan, and al-Hamidiyya village, near Qseir. A pro-Syrian media outlet said that 20 Lebanese had been arrested near Kafrkamrat (near Houla) coming to join the opposition

Idlib province: A rebel fighter was killed during clashes with regime forces in Reef M’aret al-Nu’man. The Syrian military remains in a ground and air offensive against Ma`arat al-Nu`man which the opposition captured 12 days ago on October 9th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z8Zt3qPLz20
Syrian fighter jets shelled the town of Ma`arat Nu`man today destroying five houses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tMdaI9yx6Us
Clashes moved yesterday onto a highway to the south of Ma`arat al-Nu`man. Recapture of the highway would allow the Syrian military to resupply its units in Aleppo and also to send aid to 250 Syrian troops who are besieged Wadi Deif. Heavy fighting there today caused residents to flee.

The Syrian military shelled the town of Kafranbel and the villages of Jabal al-Zawiya, Kafr A’weid and Safhoun, killing 3 in Safhoun.

Several mortar shells fell on Saraqeb.
A child died in Saraqeb from wounds incurred when children were playing with cluster bombs that had been fired on the town a few days earlier.

Raqqah province: A large explosion rocked the city of al-Raqqah, the explosion was followed with intense gunfire. The Syrian military shelled the town of Sloukand the southern villages of Tal Abyad.

Tartus province: Banyas city: The Syrian military carried out a series of raids and arrests in the neighborhoods of Ibn Khaldoun and al-Qal’a.

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