Syrian protesters in the Idlib suburb of Kafrnabel condemn the disappointing reactions by the international community
Today's Top Stories
- Syrian protesters demanded serious steps by the international community to provide arms to the Syrian rebels.
- At least seven Kurds were killed in an airstrike on the Aleppo suburb of Afrin.
- Rebel fighters downed a helicopter gunship and a fighter jet.
- Death Toll: 127 including 10 children and 4 women (Aleppo: 36, Damascus and Suburbs: 28, Daraa: 19, Deir Azzour: 16, Homs: 12, Idlib: 11, Latakia: 3, Hama: 2, Qunaitera: 1)
- Free Syrian Army key operations:
- Killed at least 37 army soldiers throughout the country.
- Shot down a fighter jet in the Deir Azzour suburb of Mohasan.
- Shot down a helicopter in the eastern Ghouta district of Damascus province.
- Detained a General Brigadier and a Colonel in the Republican Guard in the suburbs of Damascus.
Summary of Events
Syrians took to the streets in masses demanding serious steps by the international community towards providing arms to the Syrian rebels instead of merely issuing daily condemnation statements on Assad’s crimes.
At least seven Kurds were killed and dozens more injured in an airstrike that targeted a bus in the Aleppo suburb of Afrin where the majority of its residents are Kurds. Clashes between armed rebel groups and regime forces were also reported in the Hasaka suburbs of Shadadi and Qamishly, marking an escalation of violence in the Kurdish territories.
Rebel fighters shot down a helicopter gunship loaded with missiles in the Saqba town in the eastern Ghouta region of Damascus province; they also shot down a fighter jet in the Deir Azzour suburb of Mohasan.
Meanwhile, Turkish army fired back at military targets in Syria for a third day after a Syrian mortar shell fell in a non-residential area in southern Turkish province of Hatay amid cross-border clashes between rebel fighters and the Syrian army. The mortar shell fell in Asagipulluyazi village of Yayladagi town in Hatay, 50 meters away from the Syrian border.
Regime warplanes launched fierce aerial attacks on the eastern Ghouta district and the towns of Zabdani, Hameh and Sayeda Zeinab in the suburbs of Damascus, killing dozens of civilians and wounding many more, mostly in the town of Saqba. Regime troops backed by military tanks and armoured vehicles carried out sweeps, summary executions, looting and arson in the Damascus suburbs of Qodsaya, Hameh and Qatana.
The Revolutionary Council of the towns of Hameh and Qodsaya in outskirt of Damascus declared their towns as “disaster areas” following the massive military offence by regime forces that wreaked havoc on the towns and left them without water, electricity, food or medication.
Hundreds of troops and Shabiha militiamen backed with more than 50 military tanks and armoured vehicles stormed the Daraa suburb of Msefra, executing 11 civilians including six family members, and burning down more than 110 houses after stealing their contents and arresting more than 60 civilians.
Heavy clashes continued throughout the city of Aleppo as rebel forces thwarted an infiltration attempt to the neighbourhood of Sakhour by regime forces supported by Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Lebanese Hezbollah militias. Rebels also launched a barrage of mortars and locally-made missiles on the Raid Branch and the Maidan police station. They also resumed attacks on the Nerab military airport.
The regime’s heavy artillery and fighter jets resumed shelling in the neighbourhoods of Sukari, Bustan Qaser, Aghyour, Sheikh Kheder, Sakhour and the eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo city as well as its provincial towns of Indan, Tal Refaat and Hayan, leaving scores of civilians dead and many more wounded.
Scores of civilians died and many more were injured while dozens of houses were destroyed, thus prompting a mass exodus as regime forces resumed their attacks on several areas in the provinces of Homs, Daraa, Hama, Idlib, Raqa, Deir Azzour and Qunaitera.
Regime forces also resumed demolishing residential houses and commercial establishments in the neighbourhoods of Qadam, Qabun and Tadamon in Damascus.
The Syrian Minister of Electricity Imad Khamis, said that the government will not exempt residents of clashes areas from paying their electricity bills or any penalties. The minister urged them to settle their overdue payments or else their supply service will be terminated.
Syrians killed: 36,617
Children killed: 2,601
Females killed: 2,840
Soldiers killed: 3,154
Protestors killed under torture: 1034
Protestors currently incarcerated:+216,000
Syrian refugees since March: +307,707
Refugees in Turkey: +87,774
Refugees in Lebanon: +81,907
Refugees in Jordan: +104,322
Refugees in Iraq: +43,295
Selected Media Coverage
Gulf News: Syria cannot ignore the ground reality
Asharq Alawsat: Al-Assad remaining in power is the real conspiracy
Huffington Post: Turkey, Syria and the Geopolitics of Identity
NBCNews: Mourning, sighs of relief in Turkish town shelled by Syria
October 13: Villejuif, France
Demonstration in solidarity with the Syrian revolution
Qalamon, Damascus Suburb: Rebel fighters detain General Brigadier Kamal Ali Omran
Damascus Suburb: Rebel fighters detain a Colonel from the Republication Guard corps
Deir Azzour: Rebel fighters seize control of the Halabiya ring road, P2
Tadamon: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighbourhood due to the detonation of the residential houses
Asaly: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Barzeh: Dozens of buildings levelled to the ground by the regime bulldozers
Salhiya: Demonstrators protest the regime’s crimes and call for arming the rebels
Ghouta Sharqiya: MIG fighter jet bombards the district
Hamouriya: Helicopter gunship opens its fire on protesters
Saqba: Protesters call for arming the rebel fighters
Douma: MIG fight jet bombards the town
Yabroud: The devastating aftermath of the fierce and indiscriminate shelling
Sakhour: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighbourhood due to the heavy clashes and fierce shelling
Sheikh Maqsoud: Regime forces bombard the neighbourhood
Ansari: A residential building ablaze due to the indiscriminate artillery shelling
Bustan Basha: Regime forces bombard the neighbourhood
Zebdiya: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Batbo: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Astareb: Lifeless body of fallen Ahmad Gabriel
Khalidya: MIG fighter jet bombards the neighbourhood
Qosour: The neighbourhood under heavy bombardment
Houleh: A child severely injured due to the fierce and indiscriminate shelling
Qosayr: Funeral procession of child fallen hero Adnan Shams Edin
Abel: The devastating aftermath of the fierce and indiscriminate shelling
Msefra: Helicopter gunship bombards the town
Naima: Lifeless body of fallen hero Kinan Masri
Mahatta: Regime forces open fire on protesters and cause several injuries
Ghariya Sharqiya: Helicopters drop barrel bombs on residential areas
Sheikh Anbar: Protesters chant their support for the rebel fighters
Qosour: Regime forces open fire on civilians
Bab Qably: Protesters call for arming the rebels
Morek: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Ma’arrat Naman: Lifeless body of female fallen hero Hiba Ramadan
Haranbosh: Protesters chant for freedom and demand the overthrow of the regime
Kafarrouma: Protesters call for arming the rebels
Saraqeb: Protesters chant their support for the areas under attack
Central City: Regime forces target the city’s hospitals
Mayadin: Protesters chant their support for the rebel fighters
Mohasan: Lifeless body of fallen hero Hamid Ismael
Quriya: Protesters call for arming the rebels
Tal Abyad: The devastating aftermath of the fierce and indiscriminate shelling
Salma: The devastating aftermath of the fierce and indiscriminate shelling
Salhiya: Protesters chant their support for the rebel fighters
South Africa: Mass protest in solidarity with the people of Syria an Palestine