Two civilians were killed and many others wounded in violent shelling by the Assad regime forces on the town of Al-Tih in southern rural Idlib on Sunday in yet new violation of the Idlib agreement.
The Syrian Civil Defense said that the town came under shelling with high-explosive rockets that targeted civilian homes and a mosque. Activists pointed out that the Assad forces positioned in eastern rural Idlib carried out the shelling which killed two young men, Hussein Ibrahim Quteish and Mukhlis Ali al-Awajas well as wounded many others.
Similar shelling also pounded the towns of Latamina, Kafarzeita, Morek, Tal Al-Sakhir, Hasraiya, Maarakuba, Albuwayda, Janabara, Tal Othman in northern rural of Hama as well as the villages of Hawash, Hawija and Zezoun in western rural Dara’a, causing civilian casualties.
Regime forces also carried out heavy artillery shelling on the village of Jazariya in rural Aleppo as well as the towns of Jarjanaz, Nqair, al-Ruffa, Terai, Sukeik, Al-Frija, Al-Musharifa, Al-Qasabiya and Umm Al-Khalakhil, wounding many civilians.
The Syrian Coalition, meanwhile, condemned the Assad regime’s targeting of populated areas as it called on the international community to deter these attacks and to hold to account those responsible for repeated violations against the civilians.
The Assad regime forces positioned in the town of Abu Dali and northern rural Hama continue to shell the liberated areas with heavy artillery. These heavy weapons are supposed to have been withdrawn from the area in accordance with the agreement on the demilitarized zone. The Assad regime did not abide by the agreement while its Russian ally refuses for force it to abide by the agreement. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Assad regime military and security positions in Dara’a province are once again coming under hit-and-run attacks by rebel fighters who attacked the headquarters of the Air Force Intelligence in the town of Da'el with light weapons. In yet another sign of growing dissent against the Assad regime, photographs of Bashar al-Assad were torn in streets and public markets of the town.
Spokesman for Ahrar Horan rebel group, Abu Mahmoud al-Hourani, told Hourriya Press Network that an unknown gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Air Force Intelligence in the town of Da'el. It was unknown if the attack caused casualties among regime forces.
Al-Hourani added that unknown gunmen also attacked the Majbal checkpoint belonging to Assad forces east of the town of Mahja in rural Dara’a.
On Saturday, ant-regime graffiti was scrawled on the walls of schools in the town of Da'el, with elements of the Assad regime’s military security branch and the Air Force Intelligence responding by deploying dozens of their members in the town.
Last week, the eastern countryside of Dara’a saw a revival of the revolutionary movement. Unknown gunmen attacked an Assad forces checkpoint in the town of Naheta in rural Dara’a with machine guns and RPGs.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the “Popular Resistance” called on Syrian young men to join their ranks to carry on with the revolution against the Assad regime in response to the regime’s breaches of the so-called reconciliation agreements and its failure to honor the promises it gave to people of the province. The “Popular Resistance” also called on the young people in Syria to “carry on with the mission to defend the oppressed and continue the march on the road to freedom for which much blood has been sacrificed as well as people risked imprisonment and endured great deal of suffering.”
The behavior of the Assad regime's forces and security services in Dara’a is causing growing dissent as residents of the province on Tuesday declared civil disobedience in protest to the regime’s forced recruitment of people in the province.
In recent weeks, Dara’a has witnessed the scrawling of new anti-regime on the walls defying the Assad regime and threatening its presence in the province. The revolutionary movement has intensified since last month despite the Assad regime’s tightened grip on the province. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Media and human rights activists commemorated the 37th anniversary of the Hama Massacre which was committed by the Assad regime claiming the lives of tens of thousands of victims in 1982. They called for holding those responsible for war crimes in Syria to account and for the referral of Syria file to the International Criminal Court.
The Hama Massacre was one of the most horrible massacres committed in the time of Hafez al-Assad who launched a fierce 27-day assault on the city on February 2, 1982. Rights groups said that around 40,000 people were killed in the massacre.
President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, said that during the Hama Massacre the Assad regime used the same brutal, oppressive tactics it is using today. He told Anadolu Agency “since the Hama Massacre, the Assad regime’s brutality and terrorism has not changed a lot.”
“The only difference is that the world today is watching the massacres and crimes live on TV, while in the 1980s only the intelligence agencies knew what was happening on the ground.”
“The 1980s saw the first uprising to rid the country of the dictatorial rule that came through a military coup. A multi-faceted movement began to demand change and reform. The Assad regime responded with committing a massacre amounting to a genocide against people of the city of Hama,” President Mustafa said.
President Mustafa went on to say that “the Hama Massacre and the international silence surrounding it are to blame for the tragedy unfolding in Syria now.” He stressed that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is no different from the regime of his father Hafez.
President Mustafa addressed the world by saying: “This is the legacy of the regime you are extending your hands to,” adding that “Nothing will change. The criminality will be repeated and be re-produced once more. Terrorism will befall everyone unless we get rid of its breeding ground.”
Moreover, President Mustafa noted that the terrorism of the Assad regime did not affect the Syrian people alone, but also countries such as Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.
“The Syrian people got to the point of no return,” he said, adding that the only solution in Syria is to commit to a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)