Syrian Revolution Daily Round-up: Thurs. 7-Mar-13

The “National Defense Army” joins the battlefield in Homs
National Defense Army women stand to attention at their training center in Wadi al-Dahab camp in Homs
Today's Top Stories
  • The regime pushed the National Defense Army into the battlefield as it stepped up its attack on Homs.
  • Dozens killed and injured as a result of the indiscriminate shelling in Idlib.
  • Rebel fighters achieved a breakthrough in Damascus and gained new grounds in Daraa.
Today's Top Videos
  • Jomla, Daraa: Rebel fighters seize UN peacekeepers accusing them of providing aid to the Syrian army, P2
  • Khaldiya, Homs: Fighting and shelling intensify
  • Sarmin, Idlib: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded
Today's Statistics
  • Total Death Toll: 157
  • Opposition Death Toll: 112 including 13 children, 6 women and 61 rebel fighters (Damascus and Suburbs: 23, Aleppo: 23, Homs: 18, Idlib: 17, Daraa: 12, Deir Azzour: 9, Hama: 8, Raqa: 1, Latakia: 1)
  • Regime Soldiers  & Militiamen Death Toll: +45
  • Number of areas shelled: +395
  • Number of People Wounded: +70
  • Number of People Detained: +35
  • FSA Key Operations:
    • Shot down a fighter jet in southern suburb of Idlib.
    • Stormed two army bases in the Daraa suburb of Ma’rya.
    • Destroyed 4 tanks and several military vehicles.
Summary of Events

Supported by Hezbollah fighters as well as the newly-formed National Defense Army which is made up of more than 10,000 fighters, including females from the minority Alawite and Shiite sects, regime forces also covered with the Yak-130 advanced fighter jets and rocket launchers continued their major offensive on the rebel-held neighborhoods and towns of Homs for the fifth day in a raw, inflicting heavy material damages and leaving dozens of civilians dead and wounded. They faced fierce resistance by the rebels, with the heaviest clashes taking place on the edges of al-Khaldiya neighborhood and leading to the death of dozens of fighters from both sides.
Meanwhile, regime forces continued their attacks on opposition-held areas across the country, shelling more than 395 locations, 19 of which were pounded by fighter jets while activists said that six Scud-type missiles were fired towards the north from the base of the army’s 155 Brigade in the suburb of Damascus. They also bombarded other locations using all sorts of heavy weaponry such as rocket launchers, heavy artillery, thermobaric, cluster, phosphorus and TNT bombs, thus causing extensive material damages and leaving dozens of people dead and wounded.
The continued violence in Syria left more than 156 people dead today. Regime forces and loyalist militiamen killed at least 112 people, including 13 children, six women and 61 rebel fighters, whereas the rebels killed more than 45 soldiers and militiamen.
More than 14 people were killed and dozens more were injured as a result of the indiscriminate shelling the Idlib suburbs of Jabal Zawiya, Heeh, Habeet, Sarmeen and Binnesh. The indiscriminate shelling also left at least eight people dead in the neighborhood of Jobar in Damascus and in its provincial towns of Zabdani, Yalda, Daraya and Irbin in addition to five more in the neighborhoods of Qadi Askar, Hamra and Masaken Hanano in Aleppo city.
The rebels achieved a breakthrough in Damascus as they reached the Walls of Old Damascus after storming a checkpoint and destroying an armored vehicle near the Eight of March Tower in the Sheikh Ruslan district located between Bab al-salam and Bab Sharqi, two of the many doors that surround the old city of Damascus. The rebels attacked several checkpoints in the Damascus-Homs international road in the district of Qalamon, killing and injuring many soldiers.
They also shot down another fighter jet in the southern suburb of Idlib and stormed an artillery and mortar bases in the Daraa suburb of Ma’rya near the border with the occupied Golan Heights. The rebels captured big quantity of ammunitions and arms and detained nine soldiers while an officer and a number of soldiers fled into Jordan. The rebels destroyed four military tanks and several army vehicles during clashes that broke out in Idlib, Qunaitra and Daraa. Meanwhile, heavy fighting erupted on various fronts in Deir Azzour, Raqa, Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.
The spokesperson of the Martyrs of Yarmouk Brigade announced responsibility for the abduction of the 21 UN peacekeepers from the Philippines near the border with the occupied Golan Heights. The rebel spokesperson accused the peacekeeping unit of providing aid to the besieged Assad’s army in the village of Jomla and demanded certain preconditions for their release. He demanded the Syrian army to withdraw from the village and the UN must ensure the safety of the civilians in that area which comes under daily shelling.
Revolution Statistics
Syrians killed: +71,361
Children killed: +4,911
Females killed: +3,899
Soldiers killed: +8,257
Protesters killed under torture: +1,557
Missing: +60,000
Protesters currently incarcerated: +200,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +1,000,669
Refugees in Turkey: +185,205
Refugees in Lebanon: +332,297
Refugees in Jordan: +332,297
Refugees in Iraq: +106,697
Refugees in Egypt: +43,000

International Reactions
MSF: Syria unrest has wrecked health system
UN demands Syria rebels free peacekeepers
Iraq reinforces in military presence on border with Syria
Germany says EU right not to arm Syria rebels, risks too high
Philippines condemn UN peacekeeper kidnapping

Selected Media Coverage
The Guardian: What next for Syria's refugees?
Al-Arabiya: US gives Green Light to Arm Syria's Rebels
New Yorker: When a Criminal Leads a Country
Huffington Post: Civil War in Syria: The Spillover Threat
Sky News: Syria Civil War 'Spreading Like A Virus'
Armed Resistance
Aleppo: Rebel fighters bombard the Kuwaires airbase with military tanks
Rebel fighters shoot down two fighter jets in Idlib and Hama, P2
Jobar: Clouds of smoke billow from the neighborhood due to the heavy shelling
Yarmouk Camp: Indiscriminate shelling destroys houses
Hajar Aswad: A baby girl dies due to the indiscriminate shelling
Tadamon: The devastating aftermath of the intense shelling
Qadam: Scud-type missile passes overhead
Damascus Suburb
Babila: A man shot dead by regime snipers
Douma: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Daraya: Smock billows from the town as a result of intense shelling
Irbeen: Mass destruction caused by the daily shelling
Thiabiya: The town comes under intense aerial bombardments
Central City: Regime shelling leaves a number of civilians rebels founder wounded
Old City: Regime snipers station on rooftop of the Justice Palace fire indiscriminately on civilians
Karm Jabal: The devastating aftermath of the heavy shelling
Aleppo suburb
Hayan: Activists show the remnants of the rockets used by regime forces
Deir Hafer: Regime shelling causes casualties among civilians
Talbisa: Two civilians killed by regime forces, P2
Old City: Regime warplane bombards the city
Homs Suburb: Media activist shot dead by regime forces
Rastan: Smock billows from the town as a result of the heavy shelling
Daraa Balad: Regime forces backed by tanks clashes with rebel fighters, P2
Nayma: The town comes under heavy artillery shelling   
Al-sad Road: Smoke billows form the neighborhood as a result of the heavy shelling
Central City: Funeral procession of MP Yousuf Abu Roumiya
Aleppo Road: Demonstration in solidarity with the rebel fighters
Kaferzeita: A baby girl gets injured as a result of the indiscriminate shelling
Central City: Regime sniper stationed on top of Afamia hotel targets civilians
Ankawi: The devastating aftermath of the indiscriminate shelling
Saraqeb: Regime warplane fires missiles on the town destroying a number of houses and causing several casualties
Bennish: Regime shelling leaves many people dead and wounded
Deir Azzour
Hawiqa: Mass explosions rock the neighborhood due to the heavy shelling
Mayadeen: Demonstration in solidarity with the areas under attack
Central City: A rebel fighter dies during clashes with regime forces
Central City: Regime airstrikes targets the city’s cultural center
Salma: Regime forces bombard the area
Demonstrations and Activities Abroad
UK: Humanitarian aid campaign for the disaster-stricken people of Syria

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