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Damascus region under attack

2013-01-22 18:27

Beirut - Syrian warplanes and tanks shelled rebel strongholds in the province of Damascus on Tuesday, a watchdog said, as pro-regime daily reported clashes in a camp housing Palestinian refugees.

Fighter jets launched strikes on the town of Douma, northeast of Damascus, and overflew parts of Eastern Ghuta region, home to some of the rebel Free Syrian Army's fiercest and best-organised groups, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The army, as part of its campaign to suppress the insurgency near Damascus once and for all, used tanks to pound the towns of Daraya and Moadamiyat al-Sham, southwest of the capital, and Yalda and Beit Sahem, just to the city's south.

Meanwhile, a pro-regime newspaper made a rare, open admission of the air force's use of strikes in Damascus province.

"The Syrian army has continued to chase armed men from their lairs, in battles using all kinds of weapons, including artillery and air power," said Al-Watan.

It also reported that tension prevailed in the Yarmuk camp housing Palestinian refugees in the capital.

"The situation in the Yarmuk camp, where armed men have flocked, is still tense, and clashes between Palestinian [pro-regime] popular committees and armed groups have continued," Al-Watan reported, citing fleeing residents.

There was "an acute bread shortage, as bakeries have come to a standstill" in the camp.

Yarmuk witnessed fierce clashes in December when warplanes staged two air strikes on the densely populated camp, leading thousands of people to flee.

Despite bids to demilitarise the area, clashes pitting rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad against the army and pro-regime Palestinian militia have been reported.

Elsewhere, at least 56 fighters were killed in six days of fighting in the majority Kurdish city of Ras al-Ain, on the Turkish border, said the Observatory which uses a network of doctors, medics and lawyers on the ground for its reporting.

Tuesday's violence came a day after at least 178 people were killed in violence across Syria, including 31 pro-regime militiamen who died in a suicide attack in the town of Salamiyeh, in the central province of Hama, the Britain-based watchdog said.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 18:59

    . Some dictators ban and imprison opposition members, but this assad thug, just KILLS them!! ( Been a family trait for the last 50 years !! )

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 19:03

    "Elsewhere, at least 56 fighters were killed" The best thing I can say about these terrorists is that they are dying in large numbers.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 19:23

      . The Syrian civil war keeps the Russian economy going !!! If you create a whole industry on war, what way of life are you going to promote. One based on supporting wars. Russia has no military enemies, and only those of its own manufacture. Suppose it simply fired the entire force. Whole towns would die overnight with the bases that they support, the troops would go on unemployment, and the vast discreet industries that make unnecessary weapons would leave a lot of families unemployed. War, weapons design,development and manufacture, systems technology and strategic tactics for deployment are all jobs in the Russian communist model. Russia needs to be support war continuously. Its war machine demands it!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 19:35

      Trolling is ultimately a waste of your time!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 19:40

      . Talking rubbish, is a waste of your time !!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 19:50

      You flash your idiocy with great verve, I salute you and commiserate with those unfortunates whom you call family.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 20:00

      Fidel, ""The best thing I can say about these terrorists is that they are dying in large numbers"" You changed your name soo many times, you probably don't know who you are!!! But, you sound to me , like this Van de Bergh, John Voster's propaganda man !!!! Same frame of mind...same words !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 20:07

      Lesego, Go back to the sand -pit!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 20:20

      What does that quote have to do with the rest of your mindless drivel. Dialogue is obviously an alien concept to you. And what's truly pathetic about your unbridled invective is the complete absence of any logic whatsoever. Given your propensity for incoherent rambling, as evidenced by your last rant, I'll leave the conversation at that.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 20:21

      Fidel, You keep going on about 'my family' What, are you a filthy racist????? YOU ARE WORSE THAN 'THE BOEREMAG' Rubbish !!!!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 21:01

      Voi tog, do you need a cuddle?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-22 21:18

      . It might do you good, It is doubtful, you have had a cuddle since you are borne!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-23 07:08

      Patrick, Patrick, You are a bit late with your flag !! Damascus is burning, even your Russian friends are leaving, just the Russian commandos will take the last flight out, leaving this assad MONSTER, standing all ALONE on the tarmac !! Shame, but you can always sell it to a war museum !!!

  • gary.landman - 2013-01-22 22:30

    AAAH... fidle.uncensored again. How come is it that the ANC were freedom fighters against a tyrannical white gubbermint, but these fellows who are fighting a tyrannical government are just terrorists? And you can say so flippantly ..."The best thing I can say about these terrorists is that they are dying in large numbers. " Are these not people with families, fathers with children? Oh wait, that only applies to Prince Harry and the talibum. So, on that note I am going to end by saying that dialogue is obviously an alien concept to you. And what's truly pathetic about your unbridled invective is the complete absence of any logic whatsoever. Given your propensity for incoherent rambling, as evidenced by your last rant, I'll leave the conversation at that.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-22 22:44

      Place that in your pipe and suck....Hard!

      gary.landman - 2013-01-22 23:05

      My point exactly. Big words are worthless if there is no real substance behind them. An argument based on fact and hard evidence is always a pleasure when engaged between intellectual minds. However, one sided content will always and eventually expose the author for what he or she truly is. In this case the expose was brilliantly accomplished by yourself. By the way, that pipe you mentioned, was it a pipe leading to a showerhead? Or is HE also untouchable in your mind, as lop-sided as it is.

      gary.landman - 2013-01-22 23:38

      By the way Fidel, that is a very elegant facebook photo. I wish that mine had close to the amount of youth and good looks, but such is the downside to aging. I get wiser, but more unattractive by the day.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-23 00:00

      Do you call introducing irrelevancies intellectual debate. You have the temerity of an imbecile indeed where all you did was copy and paste my address to Anthony and direct it to me, which is nothing more than venting your spleen based on your earlier reasoning faux pass where you couldn't counter my argument re Harry, but instead got emotional and went on a tangent about people voting for certain parties. Your arguments have degenerated into tribal sniping, inane on-liners, trolling, baiting, snarky putdowns, etc... You should at least have the courtesy to understand the meaning of the words and terms you use and to ask whether you yourself live up to the standards you seek in others. In other words, I will provide a progressive response when you provide a coherent argument.

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