#AceWorldNews – SYRIA (Douma) – June 28 – At least two people have been killed in a car bomb blast in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital, as residents went shopping a day before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, activists said.
The blast on Saturday in a market in Douma wounded several others, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and videos released by activists in the area.
The activists said the market was crowded as many people went shopping a day before Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and feast in the evenings.
Other footage uploaded to the internet showed the flaming wreckage of an overturned vehicle in front of the blackened pillars of a nearby building.
Abu Yazan, an activist in the nearby suburb of Saqba, told the AP news agency via Skype that hospitals were full of wounded people.
Other videos posted on-line showed the bloodied and burnt bodies of two dead boys. Other people, including children, were seen receiving treatment. Several other wounded people lay sprawled out on bloodstained white tiles.
Douma, one of the most populous suburbs of Damascus, has been under rebel control for more than two years.
An Israeli F16C fighter jet
Nine Syrian military targets have been hit by Israeli jets and guided missiles, the IDF says, claiming it was a decisive response to a series of cross-border shootings to protect the citizens of Israel. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, “at least 10 members of the Syrian army were killed,”Reuters reported. The strikes on targets in Golan Heights were carried out shortly after midnight, Haaretz reports citing an IDF official, who called it a direct response to Sunday’s deadly incident when an anti-tank projectile fired from Syrian territory struck near the border fence on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. “The shooting [on Sunday] was a very serious act of provocation, and a continuation of a series of attacks carried out over the past several months against IDF forces throughout the border region, and in this area specifically,” the statement reads. A military command headquarters reportedly was among the targets hit in Syria. Earlier on Sunday, in response to the killing of Israeli teen Mohammed Karaka, IDF artillery pounded military outposts on Syrian territory, with speculations about possible strikes against other targets. The killed teenager was an Arab citizen of Israel, accompanying his father, a Defense Ministry civilian contractor, to the Golan, the ministry said, uncertain whether the boy was 15 or 13 years old. The father and two more people we injured in the incident.
An Israeli soldier prepares to load shells into his Merkava tank positioned near the Quneitra checkpoint on the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights
It was not clear who exactly fired the anti-tank missile that hit the Israeli border from an area contested by the Syrian army and the rebels. Relations between Syria and Israel have been tense since the civil war erupted in the country more than three years ago. Ripped by internal warring factions, numerous cross-border shooting and shelling have become a common occurrence in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, which Tel Aviv secured following the Yom Kippur War of 1973. IDF aerial retaliatory strikes were reported in January 2013, when Israeli planes allegedly struck deep within Syrian territory, reportedly targeting anti-aircraft weaponry outside Damascus. Israeli warplanes also struck a Syrian air-defense base near the port city of Latakia in October 2013, as confirmed by US officials, with some experts speculating that the target was missile equipment that may have been transferred to Lebanese Hezbollah. In May 2013, Syrian media reported “Israeli airstrikes” targeting military positions in Damascus, following bombing in Rif Dimashq governorate. In July 2013, RT reported that Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a week after July 5 depot attack in Latakia.
#AceWorldNews – DERAA – Syrian rebels shelled a tent being used for election campaigning in the southern province of Deraa, killing more than 20 people, Reuters reported, citing a monitoring group.
At least 11 civilians, including a child, were among those killed in the attack in the al-Matar district of Deraa city on Thursday night, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
Syria is holding an election next month that is likely to give President Bashar Assad a third seven-year term.
About 30 people were seriously wounded in the attack, the Observatory said.
Reuters – AP – RT – SOHR
#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 07 – Exhausted and worn out from a year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal with government forces.
The exit of some 1,200 fighters and civilians will mark a de facto end of the rebellion in the battered city, which was one of the first places to rise up against President Bashar Assad’s rule, earning it the nickname of “capital of the revolution.”
Gaining full control of Syria’s third largest city is a major win for Assad on multiple levels. Militarily, it solidifies the government hold on a swath of territory in central Syria, linking the capital Damascus with government strongholds along the coast and giving a staging ground to advance against rebel territory further north.
It cited Al-Jadeed television as saying that an aid convoy was prevented from entering the villages of Nubl and Zahraa in Aleppo. The two Shia villages are besieged by rebel forces, and the deal to evacuate the rebels in Homs was contingent on aid being allowed into the villages.
The convoy had been stopped by an Islamist brigade, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Politically, gains on the ground boost Assad’s hold on power as he seeks to add a further claim of legitimacy in presidential elections set for June 3.
Daily Star – Syrian Observatory of Human Rights – Al-Jadeed TV – AP
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AceNewsServices – SYRIA – May 01 – (PressTV) – An al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri group says it has publicly crucified two militants in north-eastern Syria in retaliation for an earlier grenade attack on its members.
The terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said the two were among a total of seven prisoners put to death in connection with a grenade attack in the Euphrates Valley city of Raqqa earlier this month.
“Ten days ago, attackers on a motorbike threw a grenade at an ISIL fighter at the Naim roundabout. A Muslim civilian had his leg blown off and a child was killed,” the ISIL said.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has published a photo of the two militants being crucified with one of them being pictured with a banner which reads, “This man fought against Muslims and threw a grenade in this place.”
The SOHR said these crucifixions were not the first by the ISIL, noting that the Takfiris had crucified a man on April 16.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stoned to death a young Syrian girl for membership in Facebook social network.
The ISIL militants took the Syrian girl, Fatoum Al-Jassem, to Al-Reqqa religious court and the judge ruled that membership in Facebook is tantamount to adultery and sentenced her to death by stoning, the Arabic-language Al-Rai Al-Youm reported.
The court decided that the girl’s use of the site deserved the same punishment that one would get if they committed adultery, so she was sentenced to death by stoning.
PressTV – FNA – SOHR – Opposing Views
#AceWorldNews – DAMASCUS – April 13 – Syrian jet fighters are reported to have launched a fierce offensive against a string of opposition strongholds, including Kafr Zita, a village north of Damascus that was recently hit by an alleged poisonous gas attack.
Other towns on the edges of the capital, including Eastern Ghouta area, were also hit by the bombardment, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
“Warplanes carried out two air strikes against areas of Douma” north-east of Damascus, the UK-based monitoring group said, adding that “at least five people including one child were killed and several others injured”.
One of the strikes on Douma, an opposition stronghold since early in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, hit a crowded marketplace, according to the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground.
#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT April 12 – (AP) – Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.
The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack Friday hurt dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama.
Syrian government has blamed the rebel forces of using poisonous gas in an attack on the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama on Friday.
RT – State-run Syrian television blamed members of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas, killing two people and injuring more than 100.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens were injured, while people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems as heavy smoke rose in the area after the attack.
#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a new toll released on Tuesday.
It had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children, AFP reported.
The monitoring group said 37,781 members of the armed opposition had been killed in the fighting, including Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
The Observatory added that 364 members of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollha movement were killed (ALN News)
The conflict started in 2011 when President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on peaceful anti-government protester’s.
#AceWorldNews says that fire-fights and shelling broke out in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in the southern part of the Syrian capital Damascus, violating a ceasefire, which had held since mid-February.
“The truce has been broken,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.
The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command blame each other for breaking the deal.
The truce allowed provision of limited UN aid to the 40,000 people, including 18,000 Palestinians, who have been living in very poor conditions in Yarmuk since last summer.
#AceNewsServices says `Suicide Bomber Kills Thirteen Soldiers’ in Syria’s Rahjan
A suicide bomber from an Al-Qaeda linked rebel group has killed 13 soldiers in an attack on the Syrian defence minister‘s home town, Reuters reported, citing an opposition monitoring group. A Saudi militant who came to Syria to fight with the country’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front, blew himself up late Monday at an army checkpoint in the village of Rahjan in central Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. Rahjan, in a remote eastern part of Hama, is the ancestral home of Defense Minister Fahd al-Freij.
#AceWorldNews says at least 1,069 people, mostly fighters, have been killed in two weeks of battles between Syrian rebels and jihadists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. Not all of those dead were identified, AFP reported. Among them were 608 Islamist and moderate rebels, 312 jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and 130 civilians, the group said.