Avaaz: No sign of ceasefire as Assad’s forces continue brutal assault on Syrian towns
- Severe shortage of food and medicines in Homs
- Violence sparks mass internal displacement
- 342 confirmed dead in Idlib province in the past 10 days
Military operations continued unabated in towns and cities across Syria today – with heavy fighting reported between the regular army and FSA forces, especially in Daraa and Idlib. A range of citizen journalists and activists in various areas of the country told Avaaz they had not seen any attempt by the regime to pull back troops ahead of Kofi Annan’s Thursday deadline.
Homs continued today to be heavily bombarded by regime forces, especially in the neighbourhoods of Khaldiya; Jouret Shiyah and Alaqarabees. Homs citizen journalist ‘Yazn’ told Avaaz: “Dozens of rockets rained down on the city of Homs causing severe damage to residential buildings and infrastructure. A number of buildings have been burned down and many others destroyed by shells.”
A Syrian Red Crescent car arrived to the neighbourhood of Bab al-Hood yesterday and urged residents to flee immediately, promising to help with transportation. Residents said the Red Crescent left without transporting the dead bodies still lying in the streets.
18 bodies discovered
The people of Kasara in Deir Baalba today discovered 18 bodies belonging to young men from the neighbourhood. They had been arrested and taken to a warehouse where they were subjected to severe torture before being executed. Their bodies were then set on fire.
The army has been bombing the Wadi Barada area today, killing at least three civilians, Avaaz has confirmed. Eyewitnesses said the bombing began suddenly and violently this morning. The army targeted residential houses before raiding the area with armoured vehicles.
Regime tanks are still inside the city and dozens of new checkpoints have been set up, according to Avaaz citizen journalists.
342 civilians have been confirmed as killed in violence in Idlib province in the past 10 days.
Armoured vehicles roaming Alqarabees neighbourhood in Homs
Army tank shooting in Alaqrabees
Shooting in Alaqrabees
Homs, Jouret Shiyah, heavy shelling of houses
Homs, Jouret Shiyah
Rockets fall on Khalidiya neighbourhood in the city of Homs
Bombing the eastern mountain in Zabadani
Concentration of army tanks in the city of Zabadani
A child being inspected in the city of Daraa
A student demonstration in the city of Aleppo
Videos from Idlib today – including targeting of children: