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Syria: 106 soldiers killed by rebels

2012-10-12 17:14

Beirut - Syrian rebels killed 14 soldiers in an attack on an army post in Daraa province on Friday, a watchdog said, a day after the army suffered 92 losses, its highest daily total in the conflict.

Six rebels were also killed in the attack on the army checkpoint at Khirba in the southern province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that fighting also raged in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.

The Britain-based watchdog said on Thursday had marked one of the deadliest days since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March last year, with at least 240 people killed across Syria, including the 92 soldiers, 67 rebels and 81 civilians.

With an average of 20 deaths per day, the army has lost about 10 000 soldiers and had at least an equal number wounded in the conflict, a military hospital official said. In August, the same source reported more than 8 000 deaths.

Fiercest clashes

Of the soldiers killed on Thursday, 36 died in fighting in Idlib province, where many of the fiercest clashes have taken place over the past three months.

Regime warplanes on Friday attacked two buildings in the Idlib town of Maaret al-Numan, where intense fighting has raged since rebels overran it on Tuesday after a fierce 48-hour gunbattle, the Observatory said.

Fighting was ongoing on the periphery of Maaret al-Numan, where troops loyal to President Bashar Assad are still holding two key bases in Wadi Daif and Hamdiyeh, which they use to bombard the town.

An AFP reporter said that the rebels, by gaining control of a stretch of highway near Maaret al-Numan, were on Thursday able to cut off the route linking Damascus to Aleppo, choking the flow of troops to battlefields in the north.

According to the Observatory, the rebels intercepted a radio distress call on Friday from the Wadi Daif base commander, who said: "If our planes do not clean out the areas around the base, I will surrender by the end of the day."

The radio communication came as warplanes were bombarding areas around Wadi Daif and Maaret al-Numan.

Demonstrations

Despite ongoing violence on Friday, anti-regime demonstrations were held in provinces across Syria after the weekly Muslim prayers.

In the embattled city of Aleppo, where regime forces opened fire on protesters in the district of Halab al-Jadida, wounding a number of demonstrators, according to the Observatory.

Similar demonstrations were also reported in Derbassiyeh, a town on the border with Turkey, and in Daraya, a town southwest of Damascus where 500 people were massacred in August.

In Aleppo province, rebels took partial control of an air defence battalion of some 50 soldiers on the highway connecting Aleppo to Raqa province, further to the east and near the Kweris military airport, the Observatory said.

Airports

Military airports have been a key target for the rebels as the army has increasingly deployed warplanes and helicopter gunships to launch devastating strikes.

In Aleppo city, regime forces pounded the districts of Haidariyeh in the northeast and Sukari and Fardoss in the southwest at dawn, as fierce fighting broke out in Sakhur, Suleiman al-Halabi and Sheikh Khodr in the northeast.

More than 32 000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, according to the Observatory, which compiles its data from a network of activists, medics and lawyers on the ground.

During the first 13 months of the revolt, an average of 24 people were killed per day, but in the past six months, with the total militarisation of the rebellion, the daily average has risen to 142.

This figure does not include hundreds of unidentified bodies which have been found across the country or the pro-regime militiamen known as Shabiha.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 17:25

    This assad monster is not only responsible, for thousands of civilian deaths, but also responsible for the deaths of thousands of soldiers in his own terrorists army. Only a confused thug like him, can possibly believe he can win this war. When a population looses it FEAR, and has a popular uprising, this dictator has lost 'his' country !!!!!! ALWAYS !! FOR SURE !!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-12 18:30

      Guess what fartanthony you might just be wrong..maybe Assad will win then whet will you do you moron!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 18:39

      No Dankie, You live in a fantasy world, This assad MONSTER, did loose this war long ago, but it are those Russian bastards that keep him in power !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 19:42

      Duncan, Firstly, the Russians are the most racists nation in the world. If you doubt this, go and ask the thousands of African students studying in Moscow, they are daily confronted with this decease !!! Secondly, the Rusiians have NEVER YET invested one roebel in Africa Thirdly, the Russians have NEVER YET created ONE JOB in Africa Fourthly, the Russians have NEVER YET provided ONE plate of food for a hungry African Fiftly, the Russians have NEVER YET , saved the live of even ONE sick African. THE RUSSIANS ARE TOTALLY USELESS FOR AFRICA !!! Give me the Americans and W Europeans any time !!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 20:36

      Patrick, Just admit, you got a serious problem!! Go and get help !!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 09:40

      Unfortunately most people are as hopelessly uninformed as he is. It comes from only seeing one point of view for too long.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 18:16

    It's quite strange that one never hears of the number of terrorists killed. It's always civilians or soldiers that are killed!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 18:48

      Fidel,, How about the opposition, including the FSA, being more determent to win this war, and get rid if this assad MONSTER!!! Possitive soldiers have far less chance of dying than the negative ones !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 18:51

      Ohhh and Fidel, Although we hardly agree with anything, I appreciate you don't get involved with this absolute filth on this site, orchastrated by this Patrick and supported by a bunch of LOOSERS !!!! Thank you !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 19:00

      Anthony, debate is about agreeing to disagree. I don't know what a positive soldier is, but the reporting on the whole regarding this conflict has been nothing but propaganda. The good news is that a skeptic is born everyday!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 19:27

      Fidel, You and me, will disagree until the cows come home, but to my knowledge we have never insulted each other!! Anyhow, lets not get distracted with some foulmouthed BS. A 'possitive' soldier I would call a soldier who believes in what he is fighting for, like the ones of the FSA. It is hard to believe that a soldier, from assad's terrorists army, is really motivated, to be told to kill his own!! Very very doubtful!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 19:54

      Patrick, You don't understand the word 'insult' Ever since you came onto this site, you have showed to have a serious sexual sickness. I can quote many disturbing coments you made, but you actually make me puke, so rather just fuc. of.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 04:06

      Hello! Jihadists kill themselves in their attacks.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 04:18

      Fidel, but then the whole world you see appeared to be fake, propaganda. Through your eyes, Nelson Mandela is phony. Your exact words. Surely by now you'd suspect there's something wrong with your perspective, not the world. You're making it appear fake with your unreal, detached and distorting beliefs. Obviously.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 18:36

    No one should give any credits to what a British-based watchdog barks.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 18:45

      Diana, Shame, the ignorant fall for all this anti Syrian Observatory for Human Rights propaganda. This assad monster has lottts of money....BILLIONS stolen from the Syrian people!!!! One can do a lot with money !!!! Wakey Wakey !!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 04:09

      I'm going to take this from whence it comes: a bigoted racist who openly supports the arming of an unelected dictator armed by her motherland who is killing, detaining, torturing and raping tens of thousands of Syrians and their families because they want to vote. ,

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-12 20:37

    Anthony is on heat guys.His poepsak is klopping like heart beats the idiot

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 04:14

      A merry club. Birds of a feather. Keith is a genocidal racist. He openly calls for the killing of all Jewish people. Dunkie believes the Al-Quaida is a US fabrication designed to destabilize the stable Middle East. Vox believes the US attacked itself on 9/11. Care to join them anyone?

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 14:46

    Our membership is massive and growing every day we will see who has more support for their views our team or your bunch of losers!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 18:08

      Dunkie, you only speak for yourself, notwithstanding what your Ego says.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 18:42

      freddie kruger is that you...get of that dildo!

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