Damascus hit by another night of violence

2012-07-18 11:03

Beirut - Columns of black smoke rose over the Syrian capital on Wednesday after the city was hit by another night of clashes between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, an activist group said.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, which organises anti-regime protests on the ground, reported fighting in several districts of the city, and said the Qaboon neighbourhood was bombarded.

The district was pounded again on Wednesday morning, the LCC said, as was the Barzeh neighbourhood, and sustained gunfire was heard.

It also said there was less traffic than normal in the city where fighting has raged since Sunday, with the rebels announcing a full-scale offensive dubbed "the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria".

Regime forces and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) clashed at dawn on Wednesday in the Al-Midan and Zahira districts of Damascus as well as at Assali south of the city, the LCC said.

It also reported loud explosions heard in the morning in the western suburb of Mashrou-Dumar.

Dawn clashes

Outside the capital at Jdaidet Artuz, but still in Damascus province, blasts and the sound of gunfire could be heard in the area, where electricity supplies had been cut off.

Northwest of the city near the border with Lebanon, the town of Zabadani was bombarded by regime forces, the LCC said.

In Homs province, heavy weaponry was used to pound Tal Kalakh and several district of Homs city itself, including Khsaldiyeh, Qarabis and Juret al-Shiyah, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It also reported dawn clashes in the Lahedine district of the country's second city of Aleppo, in the north.

Rebel forces on Tuesday said the battle to "liberate" Damascus had begun, as heavy fighting raged across the city with the regime using helicopter gunships in the capital for the first time.

The Observatory said at least 93 people were killed nationwide on Tuesday - among them 48 civilians.

  • Greg - 2012-07-18 11:12

    Hold the Capital and protect the civilians seeking refuge from the rebels until they are willing to disengage and hold diplomatic talks like Annan Suggested. Until then, do what any other nation would do, protect your country from these power hungry religious fanatics.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 11:58

      Greg, ""The conflict is happening on Syria's Borders only. The capital and all inland cities are peaceful and are PRO Assad. The people there want these "terrorist.........."" Greg.Meyer.543---Tuesday 17 July 2012---08.51 ""Hold the Capital and protect the civilians seeking refuge from the rebels"" You must have been up all night doing your "RESEARCH"

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 12:19

      @Anthony You twist peoples' comments into an attack on them, constantly misrepresenting peoples previous quotes. You actively search through peoples' old posts to try and smear them, rather than attempt to engage in discussion to the content of their comment. You're scum.

      Greg - 2012-07-18 12:27

      They started the attack on Damascus Yesterday. Before then, the conflict was on the boarders only. I stated this to prove that the rebellion was not strictly internal (so don't quote me out of context)People from neighbouring countries were also pouring in, fighting with the Sunni Muslims. So I don't know what point you are trying to make. The point I am making is that the Sunnis want to take power and establish a religious state just like in the epersian gulf to weaken the shia’s that have been ruling Syria and Iran. This fight is not for democracy, its for religious reasons. they seek to model the Syrian Regime after there own (Islamists in the Gulf), they want to cover all women under black veils and lock them up at home. Encase of decent, the government would follow the example of Bahrain and open fire aganst its own people. With the events in Bahrain, the US simply turned a blind eye because behrein is Americas friend.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 15:59

      Let's overlook that Assad is an UNELECTED dictator who has killed thousands of unarmed demonstrators, detained, tortured and had raped tens of thousands more, and who Annan openly stated has not complied with the peace plan and has committed atrocities across Syria. Talk about blinding oneself. Sad.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 16:01

      There's little value in engaging with Fidel. He believes "the West is evil". All discussion leads to this one immature belief. Many people have pointed this out to him. He vociferously defends it, and the distorted reality this belief creates.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 17:19

      Fidel, Thank you for your kind words, and also many thanks for keep reading my comments!! I merely was pointing out that this Greg talks such a load of crap, it is mind boggling !!! It is not a crime in SA to support DICTATORS/TYRANTS AND MASS MURDERERS, but it should be a crime to do this with talking CRAP. But, I know why you are p.ssed off; your platform for the last 18 months, to spew your NON STOP HATRED, is falling apart, and you are wondering from where you can in future " educate the dumb masses" with your 24/7 half baked pseudo intellectual BULLSH.T !!! MEGA TOSSER !!!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 11:17

    I hope the people of Damascus have the stomach and heart for the kind of horror they are about to be subjected to by these terrorists.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 11:47

      The people of Damascus are used to TERRORISTS, they have been terrorized for 50 years by these assad DOGS!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-18 11:57

      Fidel speaking with forked tongue again.

  • ettore.greco2 - 2012-07-18 11:23

    First in history, this worldwide crisis was provoked through a terror event (9/11) plotted by a US president, George Bush. This was to destabilize the equilibrium of all Countries and trigger a chain of events almost unavoidable all of them part of the same Plan. Many simultaneous rebellions stirred up in Arab Countries will benefit in the end only the State of Israel with the expansion of its territory. while... in Europe and in the US, the financial resources "like magic" will disappear through bailouts, tax cuts and elaborated emergency maneuvers which will be ruled only to appear beneficial for those Countries but instead appositely designed for their collapse (except for England that will push Europe over the precipice). It is closer than you think. Massive poverty will bring chaos and anarchy while the lack of effective governments will set the stage for one World Tyranny It will be just from chaos that one voice will rise with the promise to fix all and everyone. That will be the forked tongue of the New World Order. One Solution

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 11:50

      Ettore and Greg, And the two of you posts this crap , for no pay ??? Go and apply for a job at RT, you will both, get your own show !!!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-18 11:52

      Big foot runs around your backyard too . The only place you should be debating macro -economics and politics is on the corner with cardboard sign.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 16:02

      What absolute nonsense.

  • Greg - 2012-07-18 12:40

    "Suicide attack targets a security building in Damascus, Syria's state-run TV says" "Syrian defense minister killed in Damascus explosion, Syrian state television reports " Ok, so a suicide bomber drives his truck into a government building and kills a bunch of officials. Sounds like a great bunch of guys to take Assad's place. As I said before. This fight is not about democracy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 16:08

      Unfortunately you're still blinding yourself to much of the reality. This is what would have happened in South Africa had the Apartheid government not brought itself to an end and negotiated a new future. Assad has not done this. He has already drafted his versions of the new constitution (which you missed too), which would see him continue in power for another 14 years. You also missed the close on eleven months of unarmed demonstrations met with sniper-fire, killings, detentions, tortures and rapes by the tens of thousands.

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