Syrian Revolution News Round-up 3 July 2012

Revolutionaries Seize Control of Salqin in Idlib
kl:20,00 04|07|2012 Sawtalkurd

Top Stories
  • Revolutionaries seize control of the town of Salqin in Idlib.
  • Human Rights Watch revealed details of 27 detention sites that include locations, commanders’ names, and torture methods.
  • Statistics from the month of June reveal a dramatic increase in violence since the approval of Annan’s six-point plan.
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  • Maidan, Damascus: Assad’s forces shell the town of Daraya with heavy artillery
  • Idlib: The suburbs under heavy bombardment causing several deaths and injuries, P2, P3, P4
  • Daraa: Several deaths and injuries as a result of the continuous heavy shelling of the province, P2, P3, P4
  • Homs: Heavy artillery shelling targets farms and churches killing many civilians, P2, P3, P4
Summary of Events

Regime forces suffered heavy losses in the province of Deir Azzour that witnessed mass defections by police forces at a police station in the town of Kisra. This led to the withdrawal of regime forces out of the city and the beginning of a heavy shelling campaign in a bid to regain control of the city.

Former Syrian detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and in many cases the commanders in charge of over 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies. This information was published in a report by Human Rights Watch released today. Systematic patterns of torture that were documented clearly point to a state policy of torture, constituting a crime against humanity.

Statistics from the month of June reveal a dramatic increase in violence since the approval of Annan’s six-point plan by the UNSC. More than 2336 were reported dead, including 203 children and 225 women, and averaging about 80 civilians per day.
Regime forces killed at least 71 people today; 14 fell in the city of Deir Azzour as a result of the heavy shelling campaign against the neighbourhoods of Jbaila, Hamidiya, Khasarat, Sheikh Yasin, Aardi and Sinaa and the nearby villages of Mohasan and Baseira, 13 in Homs as the shelling intensified against the neighbourhoods of Old Homs, Qosur, Khaldiya, and Jouret Sheyah, and the towns of Talbiseh, Qasir, Buwaida Sharqiya, Houleh, Krak des Chevaliers, Jousiya, and Nazariya, and the city of Rastan, 12 in the province of Daraa as the heavy shelling continued against the towns of Dael, Tafas, Ma’araba, Ghariya Gharbiya, Ghariya Sharqiya, Kahil, Sahwa, Tel Shehab and Saida, 12 in Damascus suburbs as a result of the heavy shelling by helicopters and heavy artillery that targeted the towns of Daraya, Hamouriya, Harasta and Bait Sawa in addition to the suffocating siege imposed on them, ten in the Aleppo suburbs of Jina, Marea, Ezaz, Indan, Tal Refaat, Hardatin, Akhtrin, Deir Jamal and Atareb, five in Sahl al-Ghab in Hama suburb, three in Idlib as the town of Khan Sheikhoun was heavily bombarded, and one in each of the cities of Damascus and Raqa.

The regime’s violations continued across the country as its forces carried out massive arbitrary arrest and sweep campaigns against the neighbourhoods of Asali and Barzeh in the capital where they also opened heavy fire on a protest at the neighbourhood of Maidan. Similar campaigns were also carried out in the provinces of Homs, Hama and Daraa, where more than 24, 185 and 23 were arrested respectively.

Regime forces used highly flammable shells to bombard the area of Jabal Akrad in the suburbs of Latakia igniting forests. A warning statement issued by the governors of Idlib and Latakia prohibited civilians from putting off the fires under the penalty of being targeted by the Syrian army as a terrorist.

Mass defections by the Syrian army were reported as a Major General and 84 soldiers fled to Turkey.

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