Avaaz: Civilians hit as shelling of Homs continues
- Ceasefire crumbles as clashes reported in Idlib & Homs
- 6-year-old boy shot dead by regime sniper in Douma
- Shooting and bombing in Jouret Shiyah (Homs) http://www.youtube.com/
The army resumed shelling of Homs districts Khaldiya, Jouret Shiyah and Alqarabees using mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades. Activists told Avaaz the bombing began at 8am this morning. Activists in Homs independently confirmed that missiles were launched from the security headquarters and airforce intelligence headquarters near Wa’r.
Tanks and armoured vehicles targeted Alaqrabees and Jouret Shiah. Armed clashes were reported there between the army and the FSA, with both sides exchanging accusations of who was responsible for violating the ceasefire agreement. Syrian officials accused the opposition of firing mortar shells into regime stronghold Zahra
neighbourhood, allegedly killing several civilians. This was denied by the opposition, who confirmed their commitment to the cease-fire agreement.
Regime bombing in Khalidya
Citizen journalists reported the deaths of two civilians killed under torture following their arrest earlier today. In the town of Aqrab in Hawla, the activist Abu Yazn reports the death of a defected policeman, Mohammed al-Turk (52). He was killed under torture following his arrest 20 days ago. His body was handed over today showing clear signs of torture.https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Activists confirmed the death of the citizen journalist Alaa Aldawry, 45. He was killed under torture, having been taken in an ambush by Shabiha militiamen. The activist Abu-Magd told Avaaz that Alaa had been arrested several times in the past. “He regularly carried his camera to document violations by the army and security forces. Activists stressed that the Shabiha set up the ambush, which was led by the retired General Walid Abaza. Walid Abaza served in Political Security and was one of the most prominent regime figures during the attacks on Hama in the early 1980s. He now heads Shabiha operations in Hama.
In the town of Halfaya, the army has cleared out the National Hospital and converted it into a detention centre, according to local residents.
Three men were killed in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Anbar, when security forces fired on the activist Fadi Alousta’s car. He suffered serious injuries. Five other activists tried to save him and to rush him to the hospital but the security forces fired on them and the activist Samer Safaf was killed on the spot. Obeida Modalela was also seriously injured. Activists were unable to save them due to the intensity of the shooting and Fadi Alousta as well as Obeida Modalela bled to death.Demonstration in the neighbourhood of Hamidiya in Hama http://www.youtube.com/
Citizen journalist ‘Abu Mohammed’ reported: “A sniper targeted a car carrying the child Basil Al-Najjar. His farther, mother and 10-month-old brother were injured but Basil died on the spot. The people of Douma came out to the funeral but it was quickly turned into a demonstration.”