#Syria, #Homs|| Old Homs: Bab Tadmur: Shelling onto the neighborhood
#Syria: @Samsomhoms took this picture of the minaret of the historical Abu Thar Al-Ghafari mosque in Bab Tadmur, Homs during the ceasefire
Clashes erupt in #Syria, activists say, as leaders meet in Saudi Arabia for talks
By the CNN Wire Staff
March 30, 2012 — Updated 0950 GMT (1750 HKT)
(CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks aimed at addressing the bloodshed in Syria as opposition activists report new raids and clashes in various neighborhoods.
Clinton will meet various Gulf officials, including Saudi’s King Abdullah, to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Talks will include continued efforts to end the bloody crackdown against anti- government protesters in Syria.
She will then travel to Istanbul on Saturday and Sunday to attend the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People.
The new clashes overshadowed hopes for implementing a peace plan brokered by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan as part of an initiative that activists and diplomats say the regime has not implemented.
Security forces shelled and stormed various cities Friday in Homs province, opposition activists said. At least five people died, including two each in Homs and Idlib, the opposition Local Coordination Committees in Syria said.
And at least 15 mortars targeted Homs city neighborhoods including Bab Tudmor and Safsafa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Clashes between military defectors and security forces erupted in Hama, Deir Ezzor and the Damascus Countryside province, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria said.
The United Nations estimates that the Syrian conflict has killed more than 9,000 people since a government crackdown on protesters began last March. Opposition activists put the toll at more than 10,000.
CNN cannot independently confirm reports from inside Syria because the government severely restricts access by international journalists.
Syria routinely blames armed terrorist groups for violence in the country, while most reports from inside the nation suggest the government is slaughtering civilians in an attempt to wipe out dissidents.
In a letter on state media, President Bashar al-Assad expressed hope that Annan will deal with the crisis, saying Syria is willing to conduct a national dialogue with groups seeking stability.
He urged Annan to focus on drying up sources supporting terrorism against Syria, especially by countries that have pledged to finance and arm “terrorist groups.”
“In return for a formal commitment by Syria for the success of Annan’s mission, it is necessary for him to obtain commitments from other parties to stop all terrorist acts, disarm gunmen and to end their terrorist acts, kidnapping, killing innocents and sabotaging infrastructure,” SANA reported, quoting al-Assad.
Annan, a former U.N. secretary-general, is the joint special envoy for the Arab League and the United Nations. His peace plan calls for an end to the violence by the government and opposition, timely humanitarian aid, speeding the release of “arbitrarily detained” people, ensuring freedom of movement for journalists and respecting peaceful demonstrations and freedom of association.
Annan intends to join the U.N. Security Council in a private meeting Monday in which he will brief members on his plan.
Meanwhile, at the weekend meeting with Clinton, Turkey plans to renew a call for international help to deal with the soaring numbers of Syrians fleeing violence to Turkey’s southern provinces.
CNN’s Amir Ahmed, Joe Sterling, Tracy Douiery, Richard Roth and Gavino Garay contributed to this report.
Bab Tadmur, Homs, #Syria: Activist almost got hit by a rocket as he was describing the situation in a shelled area 29.03.2012
Omar Tilawi reports tanks are making their way from Bab Tadmur side to Khaldiyeh now.
#Syria via tweets4peace
#Syria: Building collapses in Homs after apparent shelling trapping people in the rubble
Amateur footage purports to show the chaotic aftermath of the collapse of a building in the Bab Tadmur area of Homs in which many people were reported killed.
Amateur videos apparently show the debris of a house in the Bab Tadmur area of Homs, which purportedly collapsed under shelling today with people trapped inside.
Footage from the immediate aftermath of the collapse shows injured people being carried away amongst fires and debris.
Local activist Mohammed Saleh said 17 people were killed in the attack. The umbrella group Local Coordination Committees claimed 30 people were killed.
Clips from later on show smoke still rising from the wreckage and people combing through the debris.
The videos cannot be independently verified because of foreign reporting restrictions in the country.
The incident comes as the Arab League’s peace mission to Syria is on the verge of collapse after Gulf states followed Saudi Arabia in pulling out.
The United Nations estimates that more than 5,400 people have been killed in Syria since anti- government protests began last March.
Bab Tadmur (Palmyra), Homs, #Syria: Report of the collapse of this 17 apartment
A young man explains:
“The building was on fire for 24 hours and as a result the building collapsed. We were out in a demo while the army, security forces, shabiha came with their tanks and RPGs and started bombarding us, we threw rocks back at them. The bombardment continued from the morning to the afternoon. And now the security forces are behind that hill. A building of 17 apartments with their inhabitants collapsed and just behind this building there are 10 snipers who are shooting everyone who moves. We continued to put down the flames from the building from 9:30 a.m till 6:00 p.m. we contacted the fire department but the security forces and army prevented them from coming. Some young men were helping the people from the building to get out of the building but it collapsed and we can’t save any of them who are under the wreckage now. We don’t want the AL anymore.”
REGIME ATTACK ON HOMS SPREADING: BAB TADMUR AND BAB DREIB, JEB AL GANDALI are shelled with mortars and nail bombs, causing injuries #Syria
BAB TADMUR, HOMS: Demo was apparently triggered by funeral procession-turned-demo in Midan, Damascus. #Syria
BAB TADMUR, HOMS, #Syria: Terrible damage from shelling…. and one of the shells causing this damage… but soon the videographer and the people around them are fleeing again, as the heavy machine gun fire starts up again.
Revolutionary Council of Homs
Another bloody night in Homs
After yesterday’s horrific events and its crimes committed by Assad’s cronies, the majority of the neighborhoods were under a full siege yesterday, as soon as the civilians went out to protests shootings started in areas like Deir Balba, Jib al-Jandai, al-Khalidiya al-Bayada , Bab al-Sbaa, Bab al-Draib, Karm al-Zeiton , Baba Amr and many other areas.
Many explosions were heard yesterday, and they was bombs aimed at houses in Jib al-Jandali where one home was destroyed and there were many injuries from nail bombs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4CVxRpz4zo
Injuries in Bab Tadmur
Funerals of the fallen heroes from al-Zafarana neighborhood who were killed in al-Zahraa area
Funerals of 3 fallen heroes: Firas Mala Hasan, Mohanad al-Hazouri, and Kamal al-Hazouri, all died under torture by the regime Shabiha 7-12-2011:
Siege continued on Bab Houd, and rural Homs is still under fire
Checkpoints continue to check cars and civilians to rob them of any thing of value, heavy security presence and snipers were also seen in al-Khaldiyeh area, shooting randomly at stopped cars.
Bab Houd was raided today, where all entrances and exits were closed and several civilians were arrested.
Bab Tadmur woke up to shootings, to find a body of a defected soldier in the neighborhood. He is believed to have defected at dawn from one of the near checkpoints, and Assad security forces killed him.
Bab Tadmur | Body of the defected soldier killed by Assad Forces http://youtu.be/w8xoUFRSQdk
Siege continues on Talkalakh, Talbiseh and al-Rastan, and the situation in al-Holeh was worse, with a night full of shootings and explosions.
Demonstrations condemning sectarianism the regime is trying to ignite, standing up to oppression and bullets
Demonstrations went out today in al-Dablan and al-Khaldiyeh condemning the regime’s attempt to drag Homs into a civil war, and confirming the unity of the Syrian people:
Bab al-Draib – al-Warsheh
People are dying from medicine shortage today, and more fallen heroes
Today, a woman with cancer died and another one with kidney failure also died, both in al-Holeh area, because they could not get treatment or to a place where they could be treated, which resulted in their death for lack of medicine and medical attention. Others were also killed today and last night by security and Shabiha bullets, and here are their names:
1- Warnas Fajr al-Muhammad, under torture | Baba Amr
2- Khalid Abdelhakim Tahhan, from wounds after being shot by a sniper in al-Khaldiyeh | al-Karabees
3- Man killed, name not available yet | al-Khaldiyeh
4- Shamseh Khalid Abara, 70, cancer, medicine shortage | al-Holeh
5- Fatima Rashar Abara, 50, kidney failure, medicine shortage | al-Holeh
The number of those confirmed killed in al-Zahraa massacre has reached 24, and so far the list is as follows for those with details known about them:
8 were killed from al-Shwertani family, who are from al-Abasiya neighborhood, but originally from al-Zaafarana village near Talbiseh. They were dragged from their homes to the nearby al-Zahraa neighborhood, a predominantly pro-regime neighborhood.
1- Naser Hamoud al-Shwertani
2- Samer Hamoud al-Shwertani
3- Tawfik Hamoud al-Shwertani, 27, married, no kids
4- Kassem Hamoud al-Shwertani, 25
5- Ahmad Hamoud al-Shwertani
6- Samir Muhammad al-Shwertani, 45, has 4 kids, cab driver
7- Ahmad Muhammad al-Shwertani, 28, single
8- Hasan Muhammad al-Shwertani, 17, single
9- Hasan Hamd al-Muhammad, kidnapped from his car at al-Matahen checkpoint yesterday in al-Khaldiyeh | Karm al-Zeitoun
There were othes from Deir Balba, 5 of them work in distributing flour. Their car disappeared yesterday in al-Zahraa neighborhood. The others are also from Deir Balba, they were kidnapped or arrested at security checkpoints near Deir Balba, and they are:
10- Khalid Ahmad al-Abed, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
11- Ibrahim Ahmad al-Abed, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
12- Omar Ahmad Samha, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
13- A person from the Samha family, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
14- A person from the Samha family, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
15- A person from the Samha family, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
16- A person from the Samha family, killed in al-Zahraa neighborhood | Deir Balba
17- Unidentified person whose body was found near Khalid ibn al-Waleed mosque
18- Abdelkarim al-Qaseer, 16, found killed in al-Siteen street with signs of extreme torture on his body | Karm al-Zeitoun
19- Ghazzi Ahmad al-Ammer, killed by regime’s Shabiha | al-Shammas
20- Kamal Hazouri, kidnapped since December 3 from Fairouzeh road, tortured to death in al-Zahraa | Baba Amr
21- Muhannad Hazouri, kidnapped since December 3 from Fairouzeh road, tortured to death in al-Zahraa | Baba Amr
22- Karem Hassoun, taxi driver, was kidnapped and killed in al-Zahraa | Camp of the Returning Palestinians
23- Firas Mala Hasan, kidnapped since December 3 from Fairouzeh road, tortured to death | Bab al-Sbaa
Summary of the summary:
- Destroyed homes and injuries following random shelling at Homs neighborhoods
- Gunfire and explosions that do not stop
- Raids and arrests in Bab Houd, al-Midan, and al-Qusoor
- More bodies discovered and identified from al-Zahraa massacre
- Fallen heroes in al-Khaldiyeh killed by snipers
- One person killed in Baba Amr under torture
- Morning and evening demonstrations calling for freedom