05/08/2012 - #Syria - ENGLISH SUBTITLES: Citizen journalist documents the complete destruction of Bab Sbaa in Homs
#Syria: A chaotic scene in Bab Sbaa, Homs right after it was hit by Assad’s mortars. Cries, injuries and dust from debris everywhere.
Homs, Bab Sbaa, #Syria: Officers from the Free Syrian Army demand support from the world before proceeding to show the pile of bodies that were massacred by Bashar al Assad
Friday, 27 January 2012
The body of a child, whom activists say was killed by the Syrian military, lies at a medical center in Karm al-Zaytoon near Homs Jan.26, 2012. (Reuters)
By Al Arabiya With Agencies
At least 29 people have killed by Syrian security forces on Friday morning, the General Council of the Revolution said, a day after 14 members of a Sunni family were killed in the flashpoint city of Homs on Thursday in one of the grizzliest sectarian attacks in the ten-month uprising.
Eight children, aged between eight months to nine years, were among 14 Bahader family members shot or hacked to death in a building in the Karm al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Homs, 140-km (88 miles) north of Damascus, they said.
The militiamen, known as ‘shabbiha,’ entered the district after loyalist forces fired heavy mortar rounds on the area, killing another 16 people, residents and activists in the city told Reuters by phone.
YouTube video footage taken by activists, which could not be independently verified, showed the bodies of five children ─ with wounds to the head and neck ─ in a house. The bodies of three women and one man were also shown.
There was no comment from the Syrian authorities, who have placed severe restrictions on independent media in the country.
“Alawites who had remained in Karm al-Zeitoun mysteriously left four days ago, and the rumor was that they did so on orders by the authorities. Today we know why,” said a doctor in the district who did not want to be named.
“We also have seventy people wounded. Field hospitals themselves are coming under mortar fire,” he said.
Hamza, an activist in Homs said that the attack was “pure revenge” for shabbiha members being killed by army defectors loosely grouped under the Free Syrian Army.
He said Sunni families were fleeing Karm al-Zeitoun to other parts of the city, and several Sunni neighborhoods, such as Bab Sbaa, also came under fire.
Tit-for-tat sectarian killings began in Homs four months ago, following armored military assaults on Sunni areas of the city by forces led by members of Assad’s minority Alawite sect.
And in the rebel city of Hama, also central Syria, where the army launched a major assault on Tuesday, four civilians were killed, including a 58-year-old woman shot dead by snipers, according to the same source.
Elsewhere, one civilian reportedly died in the restive northwestern province of Idlib, and two others were killed in the suburbs of Damascus.
In the southern province of Daraa, cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, a teenager was killed when security forces fired indiscriminately on a student demonstration in the town of Nawa, the Observatory said, citing residents.
The killings have raised the prospect of the pro-democracy protest movement against Assad turning into a civil war, as his opponents take up arms and fight back against loyalist forces cracking down on demonstrators.
Flash | #Syria | Martyr Nour Aldeen Remy, he was 50 years old, and had 7 daughters and 2 sons in Bab Sbaa, Homs 1/25/2012
Protesters on streets of Homs run from gunfire #Syria
Amateur video has emerged online which purports to show protesters running away from continuous gunfire in the Bab Sbaa district of Homs.
9:18PM GMT 20 Jan 2012
Activists said at least six people were killed in Syria on Friday and the bodies of six others were turned over to their families, activists said, two days before the Arab League decides whether to keep monitors there despite their failure to halt bloodshed.
Security men were out in force in several restive towns and cities to counter protests against Bashar that often erupt after weekly Muslim prayers, activists said, while supporters of the Syrian President demonstrated in Damascus.
Hundreds of people have been killed since the monitors arrived in Syria, where an armed insurgency has grown in recent months, contesting President Assad’s grip on several parts of the country.
Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo on Sunday 22 January 22 to decide whether to prolong the observers’ one-month mandate, which expired on Thursday.
Supporters say the mission reduced violence somewhat, but critics say it provided diplomatic cover for Assad to pursue a crackdown that the UN says has already killed more than 5,000 people.
The Syrian authorities accuse foreign-backed militants of killing 2,000 members of the security forces since the unrest began in March, inspired by Arab uprisings elsewhere.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians had been killed in gunfire around the country and a security officer had been assassinated in Deraa, possibly because he had changed sides. In the northwestern province of Idlib, security forces returned the bodies of six people who had disappeared two days earlier, it said.
It was not possible to verify the latest accounts of unrest in Syria, where tight media restrictions are enforced.
WARNING!: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES | Homs, #Syria: 6 defected soldiers were captured by regime forces on (17 Oct 2011) after trying to hide in civilian homes. They were tortured to death by Military Intelligence and stored for months in body coolers. The bodies were only returned today to the people of Bab Al-Sebaa neighborhood. Activist Omar Al-Tillawi shows the torture signs on the mutilated bodies. Arab League observers were contacted by Al-Tillawi to come and see the bodies but they refused saying the regime disallowed them.