A Syrian man shows marks of torture on his back after he was released from detention in Aleppo
- At least 18 detainees died under torture in regime prisons today.
- Rebel fighters attacked military barracks on Mount Qasioun in Damascus; seized control of a border post with Iraq.
- Friends of Syria’s Group pledged more political and material help to the Syrian opposition.
- Damascus: Rebels fire mortar shells on army barracks in Mount Qasioun and capture an armored vehicle in Daraya, P2
- Damascus Suburb: Scud-type missile fired from the base of the army’s 155th regiment in Quatifa towards the north
- Marjeh, Aleppo: The aftermath of regime shelling that targeted a bakery, P2
- Total Death Toll: 125
- Opposition Death Toll: 94 including 7 children, 7 women and 25 rebel fighters (Aleppo: 40, Damascus and Suburbs: 31, Qunaitra: 7, Hama: 5, Daraa: 5, Idlib: 3, Homs: 2, Deir Azzour: 1)
- Regime Soldiers & Militiamen Death Toll: +31
- Number of areas shelled: +268
- Number of People Wounded: +40
- Number of People Detained: +18
- FSA Key Operations:
- Captured the Hasaka suburb of Yaroubia and its border post with Iraq.
- Shelled military barracks in Mount Qasioun in Damascus.
- Destroyed 2 military tanks and 3 armored vehicles.
Summary of Events
Activists said that at least 18 detainees were killed under torture today, 12 of whom died in the notorious security branch of Palestine in Damascus, thus bringing the total estimated number of detainees killed under torture to 1544 since the beginning of the uprising two years ago.
This came as regime forces continued their attacks on opposition-held areas across the country, shelling more than 268 locations, seven of which were pounded with fighter jets as three Scud-type missiles were fired towards the north from the bases of the army’s 155th regime and the 578th battalion in the suburb of Damascus.
Aleppo has seen another deadly day as more than six people, including two children were killed while dozens more wounded when a shell hit a bakery in the neighborhood of Marjeh, while at least eight others, including five children, died when a warplane dropped a barrel bomb on a residential area in the Aleppo suburb of Deir Jammal.
Regime shelling also left at least 17 people dead and many others wounded in the neighborhoods of Jobar and Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus as well as in its provincial towns of Zamalka, Zabadani, Irbin, Douma, Moadamiyat al-Sham and Hazeh.
Today’s death toll reached more than 125. Regime forces and loyalist militiamen killed at least 94 people, including seven children, seven women, 25 rebel fighters, whereas the rebels killed more than 31 soldiers and militiamen.
The rebels fire a barrage of mortar shells at the military barracks in the towering Mount Qasioun in Damascus, where artillery batteries and rocket launchers pound the rebel-held neighborhoods and towns throughout the capital, where heavy battles between the rebels and regime forces also continued.
In the north-eastern province of Hasaka near the border with Iraq, the rebels seized control of the town of Yaroubiya and its border post with Iraq after forcing the regime forces to flee into Iraq.
In Aleppo, heavy fighting continued inside and around the police academy in the western suburb of Khan Asal for the fourth day in a raw. The rebels used military tanks and mortar shells while attacking the Artillery Academy in the neighborhood of Zahraa as well as the Military Academy in the neighborhood of Hamadaniya. Heavy fighting also broke out in the neighborhoods of Bustan Basha, Ashrafi, Sabeil and the Sabaa Bahrat district.
The rebels ambushed a military reinforcement convoy, destroying a military tank and an armored vehicle in the Idlib suburb of Heish while heading to the military bases of Hamdiya and Wady al-Dayf in the suburb of Ma’arrat al-Numan, where battles have been ongoing for several months. Meanwhile, heavy fighting continued in the central Daraa al-Balad district of Daraa city and on several other fronts in Deir Azzour, Homs and Hama.
Western and Arab governments, after a meeting in Rome of the Friends of Syria group, have pledged to boost diplomatic and material support for the Syrian National Coalition and called for an immediate halt to arms supplies to the Assad government. The European Union pledged to provide non-lethal aid such as armored vehicles and other equipment including training aimed at providing protection to the civilians.
Syrians killed: 69,965
Children killed: 4,819
Females killed: 3,838
Soldiers killed: 7,960
Protesters killed under torture: 1,542
Protesters currently incarcerated: +200,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +936,717
Refugees in Turkey: +183,846
Refugees in Lebanon: +314,602
Refugees in Jordan: +300,341
Refugees in Iraq: +100,222
Refugees in Egypt: +20,064
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Selected Media Coverage
ABC News: Key Military Players in Syria's Civil War
Huffington Post: Syria Refugee Crisis 'Out Of Control,'
The Guardian: £1bn pledged in aid to Syria fails to materialise
NPR: Reporter's Notebook: The Agony Of Syria's Civil War
Aljazeera: Educating Syria's future 'rulers'
Damascus: Rebel fighters destroy two military tanks, P2
Heish, Idlib: Rebels ambush a military convoy and destroy a military tank
Deir Azzour: Rebels fighters continue their attack on the base of the army’s 113th regiment
Jobar: Victims of indiscriminate sniping scattered in the street
Qaboun: A bus set ablaze after been hit by a shell
Hajar Aswad: Regime shelling causes several casualties
Zamalka: Three members from the same family died due to the indiscriminate shelling
Nashabiya: Regime airstrike destroys several houses
Ayn Tarma: Houses set ablaze as a result of the indiscriminate shelling
Daraya: Smock billows from the town due to the intense bombardments
Douma: Funeral procession of a rebel fighter
Central City: Residents try to pull out a victim that was shot by a sniper
Bustan Qaser: Funeral procession of the fallen heroes killed by the indiscriminate shelling
Byanoun: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shellig
Deir Jammal: Residents remove victims trapped under the ruins of their homes
Hreitan: Rebel fighter killed during clashes with regime forces
Tal Refaat: Regime shelling causes injuries among civilians
Talbisa: Heavy fighting and shelling renewed
Rastan: Many children get critically injured by the indiscriminate shelling, P2
Central City: Damage inflicted on the city’s infrastructure leave people without drinking water
Hamidiya: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Houla: Heavy shelling leaves dozens of wounded civilians
Dael: The town comes under heavy rocket shelling
Jasem: Residential building set ablaze as a result of the indiscriminate shelling
Herak: The town comes under heavy artillery shelling
Karaq Sharqi: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Aleppo Road: Demonstration chants for the freedom and demands the overthrow of the regime
Jinan: The village comes under heavy shelling
Tal Muradiya: Regime tanks bombard the town
Aqrab: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate airstrikes
Central City: A man shot dead by a sniper
Ihsem: Mass destruction caused by the indiscriminate shelling
Sheikh Yaseen: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Hawiqa: The neighborhood comes under heavy shelling
Qouriya: A rebel fighter injured during clashes with regime forces
Salma: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
Turkey: Syrian refugees show solidarity with their people in Syria