#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend, a monitoring group said on Monday, the eve of an election in which rebels have warned they will step up attacks on state targets.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from the attacks by the Islamist rebels included nine children.
Another 13 people were killed overnight when President Bashar al-Assad’s forces dropped four barrel bombs – crude explosives which cause widespread damage – from helicopters into rebel-held districts of the city, the UK-based Observatory said.
Fighting in Aleppo, which was Syria’s commercial hub before the three-year conflict erupted, has escalated in recent weeks after Assad’s forces consolidated their control in central Syria and the last rebels retreated from the centre of the city of Homs.
(SOHR) – Thousands of Syrians have returned to war-battered parts of the central city of Homs, many making plans to move back as opposition activists expressed bitterness over the oppositions’ surrender of their strongholds to pro-government forces and vowed they will return.
The homecoming came as rival jihadi factions fought deadly battles to the east in an oil-rich region bordering Iraq, the latest clashes between groups trying to overthrow the central government in Damascus.
Residents from Homs’ smashed ancient quarters scavenged what they could from their homes, mostly clothes, dusty mattresses and some burned gas canisters, carrying them away in plastic bags and trolleys.
“My house was completely destroyed and burnt, but I found some photos,” said Sarmad Mousa, 49, a resident of the old Hamidiyeh district. “They will remain a memory for me of the beautiful days we had here.”
Some accused oppositions of looting and burning their homes.
Smaller crowds made the journey Friday.
Reuters – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – DAMASCUS – 25 May 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today expressed outrage at a deliberate attack on a humanitarian warehouse in the Damascus province of Syria, which occurred as aid workers were preparing to distribute urgently needed supplies to hundreds of families in the besieged city.
“The targeting of the warehouse, which reportedly killed several people and wounded one Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer, is evidence of the blatant disregard for International Humanitarian Law which is a disturbing feature of the conflict in Syria,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement from her office (OCHA).
She added that the attack violated assurances from those involved in the conflict that they would refrain from hostilities while the joint UN/SARC convoy was on the ground.
The city of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta area of Damascus province, has been under siege by Government forces for over 18 months. It has been nearly two months since aid workers were last able to bring supplies into the city.
“People are in desperate need of food, water, sanitation, health services and medicines,” Ms. Amos said.
The joint convoy carried food and non-food items, and medicines for the treatment of chronic diseases for up to 24,000 people. As a result of the attack distribution on site was forced to be cancelled and the supplies delivered to Syrian Arab Red Crescent partners in Douma.
“Aid workers are frequently targeted or subjected to harassment in Syria,” the UN senior official said. Among recent incidents, aid workers on 8 February came under direct attack during the aid delivery and evacuation of people from the old city of Homs.
Such attacks are “utterly unacceptable and have a devastating ripple effect as they hinder the provision of aid to those in desperate need”, said Ms. Amos.
Courtesy of United Nations – 25/05/2104 – http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsId=47890
#AceNewsServices – May 25 – SYRIA – At least 10 people were killed and 22 injured after a car bomb went off in a predominantly Alawite and Christian Zahra neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs, according to the city’s governor Talal Barazi.
Five of the injured were in critical condition, Barazi added, RIA Novosti quotes. UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile put the death toll at 12, saying that more than 40 people were wounded.
According to Syrian state TV, terrorists targeted two more locations in Homs, with at least 13 people injured in one instance, but the exact number of casualties was unclear. While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the string of blasts, Barazi said the attacks clearly targeted reconciliation efforts amid the fragile truce between the government and the rebels in Homs that reportedly started on Friday.
RT – SOHR – RIA NOVOSTI
#AceWorldNews – HOMS – May 09 – The last rebels were leaving the centre of the battleground city of Homs on Thursday, handing a symbolic victory to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ahead of a controversial election.
Rebels hit back in the historic heart of Aleppo, blowing up a luxury hotel-turned-army position after tunnelling under the front line which divides the main city of northern Syria.
At least 14 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the explosion and its aftermath, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Around 1,000 rebel fighters have left the Old City of Homs under the unprecedented negotiated evacuation that began Wednesday, according to figures given to AFP by provincial governor Talal Barazi.
But seven buses carrying the last 300 fighters were stopped because militant fighters were refusing to allow food supplies into two rebel-besieged Shiite towns in Aleppo province, the Observatory said.
Barazi said they were stopped at the northern exit from the Old City, without giving a reason.
AFP – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
Contributions from Dawn
#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 7 – The preparation for 1200 armed opposition fighters withdrawal has started in the ancient districts of Homs. Buses for rebels moved into the historic centre early morning May 7, television channel al- Mayadin reported.
These buses were captured by militants two years ago (itar-tass)
Governor Talal al- Barrazi said that militants who refused to lay down their arms head out for safe corridor at Dar el-Kabir. It is a town 20 kilometers north of Homs, which is controlled by the armed opposition.
The column will be accompanied by staff of the UN mission in Syria and Iranian diplomats played a mediating role.
The wounded will be evacuated by the Syrian Red Crescent.
Under the deal, along with the operation in Homs in northern Syria a humanitarian corridor to besieged city Shiite militants Nobul and Zahra (30 km from Aleppo) will be open.
There also will be an exchange of prisoners between the so-called Islamic Front and the Syrian army.
In the case of a favourable outcome, Homs will be fully come under the control of the government army. The release from rebel groups the third largest city in the country would be an important achievement on the eve of the presidential elections to be held on June 3.
Al-MayadinTV – Reuters – Tass – Syria News
#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – April 26 – Provinces, SANA, Army carried out Saturday successful operations against armed terrorist groups in several areas, killing and injuring a huge number of terrorists and destroying their hideouts, weapons and ammunition.
Terrorists’ attacks on military posts in Hasaka foiled
Army units thwarted several attempts by armed terrorist groups to infiltrate and attack a number of military posts in the countryside of Qamishli city in Hasaka province, according to a military source.
The source affirmed that many of the groups’ members were killed or injured.
The source told SANA reporter that other army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings in the areas of Abo Steih, al-Tawarij, Abo Qasayeb and Khrab Askar in the countryside, leaving many of the terrorists dead and wounded.
Army advances further in Bab Hud in Homs
Units of the armed forces continued advance in Bab Hud neighbourhood in Homs city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
Army inflicts heavy losses upon terrorists in Aleppo
A military source told SANA that army units continued advance on Sheikh Said and al-Ameriyeh crossroads in Aleppo city, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles.
The source added that the army units killed and injured a number of terrorists in al-Kastilo, al-Rashideen , Alliramoun, al-Sukkari and the old city of Aleppo and in the villages of Kwairis, Jadideh, Rasem al-Abboud and surrounding the industrial city and Aleppo Central Prison, Handarat, Anadan and al-Atareb.
Units of the armed forces destroyed a number of cars in Azaz, al-Atareb and Khan al-Assal with all weapons inside them. Terrorists were also killed.
#AceWorldNews – ALEPPO – April 24 – A tank belonging to the rebels’ Islamic Front is pictured in the middle of a street during reported clashes with government forces in the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 17, 2014.
A tank belonging to the rebels’ Islamic Front is pictured in the middle of a street during reported clashes with government forces in the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo on April 17, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed al-Tayb)
The village of Deir Foul is the last remaining gathering of Syrians of Dagestani descent.
Prior to the crisis, the small village had a population of less than 2000. Most of them left, but the number remained the same.
They were replaced by refugees from nearby villages and Homs.
Today, the village has fallen under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and their brutal policies.
Alkabar – Suhaib Anjarini
#AceWorldNews – DAMASCUS – April 21 – Over 1,000 terrorists have been killed in Meliha town in Eastern Ghouta since the army began its clean-up operations in Meliha, an informed Syrian military sources told FNA.
The source noted that the Syrian army is on the verge of taking full control over Tamiko military checkpoint that is only 200 meters from Syria’s biggest pharmaceutical factory in the entrance of Jeramana.
Also in the past 24 hours, a new video clip released on the Internet showed a prison of the Free Syrian Army where FSA used to torture the Al-Qaeda-linked militants that it had taken hostage.
Meantime, a military source said that units of the Syrian army repelled a militant group’s attack on Taloul al-Hawa village in the Eastern part of Homs countryside and killed all its members.
Elsewhere, residents of al-Qalamoun region in Syria’s Damascus countryside started returning to the mountainous region, which has been cleared of foreign-backed militants by the army.
Residents of Ras al-Ma’ara, al-Jibeh, Assal al-Ward and other towns in the region took to the streets on Saturday, celebrating and shouting slogans in support of the Syrian army, Al-Alam reported.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – Provinces – April 19 – (SANA) Army repelled Saturday armed terrorist groups in many provinces and destroyed their weapons, hideouts and equipment.
Infiltration attempts foiled, terrorist killed in Homs
Numbers of terrorists were killed and others were injured in the neighbourhoods of Bab Hood and al-Hamidieyh in the old city of Homs.
Many others were killed in the villages of Burj Qaei, Talas, al-Naseriyeh, al-Houla, al-Breij, al-Ghanto, Talbisa, Beit Hajjo, Beit Rab’eh, Eyoun Hussein and al-Saan in the countryside.
Other army units repelled a terrorist group whose members tried to infiltrate al-Khaldieyh village from al-Dar al-Kabira in the countryside.
Another infiltration attempt into al-Dweir from al-Ghasbiyeh was also foiled.
Terrorists’ gatherings razed in Idleb
In Idleb, army units razed terrorists’ gatherings in the villages of Kafr Najd, Bramour and M’ardabseh in the countryside of the province, leaving many terrorists dead and wounded.
Other terrorists’ gatherings were targeted in Binnesh, the surrounding of al-Arbaeen mountain, Nahlia and Nseibin in the countryside, with the terrorists suffering heavy losses.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 18 – A car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs killed 14 people, Syrian state TV reported.
The bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving the Bilal al-Habshi mosque on the edge of Akrama after attending Friday prayers.
Opposition activists confirmed the bomb attack in the predominantly Alawite district but had no immediate details on casualties, AP said.
#AceNewsServices – ROME/SYRIA – April 09 – Pope Francis spoke on Wednesday of his deep grief over the assassination of the Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt in Syria and made a renewed appeal for an end to the violence.
“May the weapons fall silent! No more war, no more destruction,” Pope Francis said, SANA reported.
“He was loved and valued by both Christians and Muslims,” the Pope told some 45,000 faithful assembled on the famous Vatican piazza.
“It filled me with profound pain and made me think of all the people who suffer and die in the martyred country,” he said.
A terrorist group on Monday shot dead the priest Frans van der Lugt in his monastery in Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood in Homs city.
Incident Details: BY CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:46 PM – A Dutch priest was beaten and shot to death in the garden of his monastery in the embattled Syrian city of Homs on Monday, after refusing to seek refuge in a safer place.
Rev. Frans Van Der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit priest, was dragged outside his home and shot twice in the head by a single masked gunman.
Rev. Ziad Hillal, one of the 24 Christians who lived in the monastery, said that the violence was a “premeditated act” that specifically targeted the beloved, elderly priest http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-jesuit-priest-shot-dead-syria-refusing-flee-besieged-city-article-1.1749611
#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – April 01 – A unit of the armed forces on Tuesday discovered a factory for manufacturing explosives in al-Hosen village in Homs countryside.
A military source said that the factory includes a huge numbers of IEDs prepared to be detonated, a big amounts of various kinds of explosives and equipment for manufacturing explosives (FNA)
An army unit targeted militants’ gatherings in the villages of Onoq al-Hawa, Abu Hawadid and Jeb al-Jarrah in Homs countryside, killing many militants and destroying three pick-ups equipped with machine-guns, a military source said to (FNA)
Another army unit inflicted heavy losses upon militants during targeting their gatherings in the villages of al-Ghassebiyeh and al-Dar al-Kabira in the central province.
#AceWorldNews Syrian troops on Sunday seized full control of the rebel bastion Yabrud in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, Syrian state media reported.
“Our brave armed forces have full control over Yabrud in Damascus province and are combing through the town and removing explosive devices placed by terrorists,” state television said, citing a military source.
Opposition sources said civilians and activists from the town had fled across the nearby border into Lebanon overnight before Yabrud fell.
The loss of the town will be a symbolic and practical blow for the opposition.
It has been a rebel stronghold since early in the uprising that began in March 2011 and has proved a key strategic prize because of its proximity to the Lebanese border, across which weapons and fighters can be smuggled.
It also lies on the important highway that connects Damascus to Syria’s third city Homs.
#AceWorldNews says following the end of round two of the peace talks in Geneva leaving it in deadlock, arguments over who is right still rage!
Whereby people are suffering as the Syrian government and opposition are still not honouring international humanitarian law, according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Negotiations have not yet resulted in “meaningful access or a firm commitment to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law.
This pattern has again played out in Homs over the last week,” said ICRC President Peter Maurer on Saturday. This is despite the ongoing evacuations of Syrians under siege in Homs.
The deal to allow civilians to leave the city was initially regarded as an icebreaker. However, after the second six-day round of talks devoted to getting civilian out of the city, government and opposition remain deadlocked over other issues.
Maurer said that there were many other besieged cities beside Homs and that more than 1 million people were living in difficult conditions as a result.
“If humanitarian work is to be meaningful and effective, it must be supported by the parties [in the conflict],” Maurer said.
#AceWorldNews says `Brahimi to Hold Separate Meetings with Syrian Sides of the Conflict`
The talks will tackle the issues of stopping violence, setting up a transitional governing body, and plans for national institutions and reconciliation, Brahimi told the two sides in a document obtained by Reuters.
The second session is expected to last a week.
#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports a total of `500 More Civilians have been Evacuated from Homs‘
A total of `500 more people have been evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs’ and aid has been delivered to those trapped inside. The city is a rebel stronghold, but has been under assault from government forces.
Evacuation of civilians in Homs has begun – state TV
The evacuation of civilians from a besieged area of the city of Homs had begun under a humanitarian deal agreed this week, Syrian state television said on Friday.
The report could not immediately be confirmed independently, Reuters said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that a three-day ceasefire has been agreed in negotiations between the local governor and a regional UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria to allow for the evacuation of civilians from Homs and supplies of humanitarian aid for those who choose to remain. The Russian embassy in Damascus “played an energetic role” in the talks, the ministry said.
200 civilians to leave besieged part of Syria’s Homs
About 200 people are expected to leave a besieged area of the Syrian city of Homs on Friday, governor Talal al-Barazi said. This would be the first stage of a humanitarian deal to evacuate civilians and allow aid to be delivered, Reuters reported.
Activists say 2,500 are trapped inside the area, struggling with hunger.
#AceNewsServices say `UN Chief Cites ‘progress’ at Syria Talks’
There has been “progress” at peaceful talks inSwitzerland, between Syria’s government and opposition delegations, UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon said in Berlin on Thursday, Itar-Tass reported. The negotiations will be suspended on Friday, so that participants could discuss talks at home, he said.
They should resume in February, however the exact date was not determined yet. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday.
- UN mediator not expecting ‘anything substantive’ at Syria talks(altahrir.wordpress.com)
- Delegation of Syria’s National Coalition to visit Moscow for consultations(en.itar-tass.com)
#AceNewsServices `Parties in Syria‘ conflict agree on aid delivery to Homs.
Syria’s government and opposition have agreed on the delivery of relief supplies to residents in the besieged city of Homs, media reports say. The UN World Food Program is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500 people once it gets a green light from all sides, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said Tuesday.
“Once all parties on the ground allow the inter-agency convoy to proceed, WFP will deliver to the Old City 500 family rations and 500 bags of wheat flour, enough for 2,500 people for one month,” Byrs told Reuters.
The UN hub in Homs is preparing an inter-agency aid convoy for the embattled population in the rebel-held city.
The UN hub in Homs is preparing an inter-agency aid convoy for the embattled population in the rebel-held city.
Editorial Comment: ” About time they stop fighting among themselves and considered the starving families.
- Syrian government and opposition allow UN aid convoy to deliver food to Homs(voiceofrussia.com)
- UN convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs(worldbulletin.net)