5 dead in Syria's Homs

2012-07-14 12:06

Beirut - Shelling and fighting in the central Syrian province of Homs killed at least five people on Saturday, including a pregnant woman and two rebels, a rights watchdog reported.

The woman was killed in shelling of Qusayr city, while the rebel fighters died during clashes in the Homs city neighbourhoods of Sultaniyeh, Qarabis and Khaldiyeh, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Elsewhere, helicopters backed by armoured vehicles attacked Khirbet Ghazaleh in the southern province of Darra, a main hotbed of dissent against President Bashar Assad's regime, it added without providing any casualty figures.

On Friday, violence across Syria killed at least 118 people, including dozens of civilians when government forces fired on anti-regime protests, said the Observatory.

Eleven children were among the 49 civilians who died, and 37 soldiers and 32 rebel fighters were killed, at least 18 of them when troops raided areas of northwestern province of Idlib.

Fourteen civilians that were killed on Friday died in the Damascus district of Tadamon and in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, also in the capital, said the Observatory.

Protesters had taken to the streets on Friday to renew their demands for the fall of the regime, including in the Damascus districts of Nahr Aysha and Sayida Zainab, where troops used gunfire to disperse them.

On Thursday, more than 200 people were killed in Syria, including over 150 in the central village of Treisma when the army attacked rebels using tanks and helicopter gunships, drawing strong condemnation from world leaders.

It is not possible to independently verify death tolls in Syria. The United Nations stopped compiling such figures at the end of 2011.

The Observatory has said more than 17 000 people have been killed since the uprising erupted against the regime of Assad in mid-March last year.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-14 12:21

    The slauhtering of UNARMED CIVILIANS continues, And for all those who want to put the blame on ' whomever, besides this terrorist assad; The opposition does NOT have TANKS, AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS !!! And if you are that ignorant and stupid to believe that most atrocities are not deone by assad'd terrorists army, LISTEN TO; THE UN OBSERVERS ON THE GROUND KOFI ANNAN HRW AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Actually, ask ANYBODY, besides that assad DOG !!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-14 14:08

      You must not upset Fidel. She will get a nervous breakdown.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-14 14:15

      Anthony, anybody besides that Assad dog, Fidel and Patrick

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 13:18

    Its always the innocent that suffer

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-14 14:20

    Fidel, unofficial mouthpiece of Syrian government, will still say its blown out of proportion by the US and media, and that you can't blame the "LEGITIMATE Syrian goverment" (Fidel's actual words!) for defending itself against the US backed terrorists who are just trying to pave a way for the US to dominate the Middle East and create a pathway to attack Iran. that is basically Fidel's moronic thesis

      malik.vazi - 2012-07-14 21:56

      Have you thought that every country shoots at armed civilians pointing guns at the policy or military? George bush termed them enemy combatants. Does it occur to you why there are no demonstrations of support in other countries? I think people are wiser now and have learnt not to accept one sided reports that are politically motivated. For the record, I don't give a hoot about Asaad as much as I don't give a hoot about his armed opponents. I feel for the ordinary people trapped between a violent government and a blood and power hungry opposition that rejects negotiationsw but want transfer of power. Well, asaad is doing what every country does when facing people with guns, you shoot at them not hug them. Syria has no precision drones that they can use to wipe opponents out like the us in pakistan and israel in gaza, they have helicopters and they are using them legitimately. Hate asaad, but be balanced and hate anyone who kills unarmed civilians including the suicide bombers. Remember, you dont make peace by talking to your friends but by talking to your enemies. Long live the syrian people and down with every one with guns, irrespective of who they are.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-15 12:29

      Well said Bhuti!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-15 13:13

      Patrick what the f*ck is legitimate about the Syrian government ??? Assad was NOT elected in free and fair elections. moron

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-15 13:13

      Malik, What is so difficult to understand that the opposition ARE the 'ordinary' people !! What is so difficult to accept that in a country where an illegitimate regime is made up of ones of a tiny minority tribe, there is a massive oppostion to this reign. It are only the ones, who come with their non stop silly and childish anti Western BS, who confuse the issue. The Syria issue is very simple: A people wanting to get rid of their dictator!!!!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-15 13:40

      Malik, heres a few things you need to understand ... Assad is a dictator and was not elected in ANY free and fair elections. so DO NOT talk about what "every other country would do when faced with guns .. shoot at them" !!! the only countries that do that are the ones with illegitimate governments and that need to enforce their illegitimate power through force. and Malik, what makes the opposition power hungry ?????? I think you are confusing that with the people wanting free and fair elections !!!! what the hell do you propose ???? and at this point its far too late to negotiate with that monster. you can't negotiate with someone that kills your family and friends. Assad can have no place in any future Syrian government !

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-15 15:35

      A 'souvereign' COUNTRY is a member of the UN, NO government is a member of the UN!!

  • malik.vazi - 2012-07-15 14:32

    It is true that Asaad is a dictator, but armed opposition are not automatically democrats and peace loving syrians either. For about 10 years Asaad was accepted not only by his own people but by the west as well despite his evil treatment of muslim brotherhood and others opposed to him. Infact, only much later during the demonstrations people wanted his head after death of protesters which was a bad thing to happen. It is however hypocritic to say armed activists are accepted in syria but not accept in palestine and turkey's kurdish regions, yemen shia areas, etc. Double standards put people off from a good fight like the fight to have democracy in seria. Again, for the record, my instincts are with the muslim brotherhood but it is difficult to support them when they have undemocratic kings and western powers in their corner that place western interest above basic human rights. Pakistanis are bombed from the air everyday whether their government like it or not, but the mentality that might is right is primitive and can only lead to more wars. Do we hear enemies of Assad telling the USA and Israel to stop the drones? no, because we place economic value on human lives and the cheap ones are disposable. No amount of lies will give Syrians their freedom, only honest peace brokerage as south Africans did when they got rid of their evil illegitimate system of minority rule over a majority that did not elect them. Human rights activists siding with one side, are short sighted too!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-15 16:36

      Wow....Brilliant! Don't hold your breath for any rational counter argument as you are dealing with donkeys hear who are emotional wrecks that like to go off on tangents.

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