Syria Update, September 30, 2012

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Syria Update, September 30, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Today’s death toll: More than 120 Syrians were killed today, among them 43 unarmed civilians.

Saturday’s revised death toll: More than 160, among them 89 civilians.

The al-Nusra Front claimed to have captured five Yemeni army officers sent by Yemen’s government to help quell the uprising. The five men were recorded asking the Yemeni government to stop supporting the Assad regime. On a video they identified themselves as Ali al-Salama, Mohammed Abdo al-Malaiki, Hani Nizar, Hassan al-Wahib and Ahmed Radman and stated they were serving in Aleppo.

Aleppo province: The Syrian military shelled the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Nasr, B’idin, Bustan al-Basha Qastal Harami, Salahaddin, al-Sakhour, al-Sukari, al-Sha’ar, al-Shaykh Ali, and al-Zabdaya and deaths reported in the al-Shaykh Ali neighbourhood as well as injuries of Syrian military in Salahaddin. Fires destroyed the historic suqs of Aleppo, and the stores and their wares within. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0930/Syria-Fighting-rages-on-in-Aleppo-after-fire-guts-UNESCO-site
Clashes took place between regime forces and opposition fighters outside of the Aleppo International airport, Dawar al-Sakhour and al-A’qroub. Heavy clashes took place at the Dawar Jandool military checkpoints resulting in casualities and the destruction of two tanks.

The Syrian military shelled the town of Enjara. The Free Syrian Army has captured Azaaz, but the town’s school, mosque and other public buildings have all been destroyed, mostly by the FSA itself. http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=441598

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Damascus province: The bodies of 8 civilians were found near the Tishrin military hospital, in the Barzeh neighbourhood. The 8 civilians were forcibly disappeared yesterday during the military operations on the Barzeh neighbourh. Thirty people were found dead in the Asali neighborhood.

The Syrian military shelled the towns and cities of A’rbeen, Duma, KafrBatna, Jusrin, Saqba and Hjeira al-Balad and carried out raids and arbitrary arrests in the city of Harasta. The Syrian military destroyed shops and houses in Harasta. In the evening the Syrian military targeted the town of Hosh Arab near Damascus. The opposition killed 9 regime troops when they attacked a checkpoint on the Qatana-Arna road

Clashes took place at Arb`een. The Syrian military carried out raids and detentions in al-Zabadani after midnight.

Dara`a province: Clashes between the opposition and the Syrian military took place in the Tariq al-Sad neighborhood of Dara`a. The Syrian military shelled Busra al-Sham, Kharab Shahm, al-Mayathin and al-Yaduda. In Yaduda, the Syrian military carried out raids, arrests and burnt homes.

Deir az-Zur province: The Syrian military shelled several neighborhoods of the city of Deir az-Zur causing casualties and several residential buildings collapsed. Clashes took place in the al-Qusur neighborhood and regime gunfire killed 4 civilians. The Syrian military shelled the neighbourhoods of al-Arfi, al-Hamidiyya, al-Jbeila and al-Rashidiyya, killing people and burning homes. Nine people in one family were killed in al-Hamidiyya.

The Syrian military shelled the town of al-Mrei’iyya.

Hama province: An explosion shook the Junub al-Mal’ab neighbourhood of Hama.

The Syrian military carried out raids, arrests and burnt homes in the towns of Kharab and Taybet al-Imam.

Hassake province: A suicide car blast killed Syrian military troops in the al-Gharbi neighborhood of al-Qamishli today. One report claimed four were killed and the SOHR said 8 were killed.

Homs province: The Syrian military heavily shelled the al-Houla area, the city of al-Rastan and the town of Talef. The Syrian military shelled the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs killing 1 civilian and bombarded the village of Sam’alil. An anti-regime demonstration emerged from the Wa’er neighborhood. The Syrian military shelled the Khaldiyya neighborhood. The main shopping street is now rubble. The Syrian military shelled the old neighborhoods of Homs, Jobar and Sultaniyya.

The Syrian military shelled the villages of Hseiniyya and Jousiyya and the town of al-Qseir. Last night clashes took place near the pro-regime villages of Ghasaniyya and al-Haydariyya and continued late into the night. As a result of these clashes, 17 pro-regime gunmen were killed.

Idlib province: The Syrian military shelled the villages and towsn of Balyoun, Deir al-Gharbi, Has, Ma’rata, Sarmin, Isqat, Kafrenbel, Kafarsanjeh, Kafra’een, al-Rekaya, Taftanaz, Ma’arat al-Nu’man and the Darkoush area. The Syrian military carried out raids and arrests in the neighborhoods of al-Ma’mal and al-Sheirdiba in Jusr al-Shughour and clashes took place near Jusr al-Shughour. Artillery firing on the town of al-Taftanaz continued and clashes took place in the city of Ariha.

Latakia province: Mohammad al-Assad, a leader and founder of the shabiha has been shot during a fight between the leaders of rival shabiha, the sons of Hilal al-Assad on Saturday evening in Qurdaha.

The Syrian military carried out raids and arrests in the Basatin al-Reihaniya neighbourhood of Latakia.

Raqqa province: The Syrian military fired a shell at a car on the road to the village of Ain Issa causing casualities and injuries.

Black market sales in petrol (gasoline) are doing well in Syria’s war economy. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hgYRtm2qFLRbNaxYDura2pTok3Rw?docId=CNG.342b89c4eeb3450468167ae5774564cc.2d1

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