Syria: Massive protests across Syria as shelling renewed in several cities


  • The LCCS report that today's deathtoll has risen to 30.
  • Al-Jazeera revealed this morning they obtained documents which "provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests". The files were given to Al-Jazeera by Abdel Majid Barakat, a former Baath party member who has now fled to Turkey
  • Two more generals have fled Syria and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus, a Turkish diplomat said on Monday, AFP report.
  • France will submit to the Security Council on Monday a Western-drafted statement supporting U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace efforts in Syria and sending a strong message to Damascus to end violence against protesters, diplomats said, Reuters report.
  • The Red cross and the Red crescent have sent 12 truck loads if humanitarian aid to Aleppo and Homs.
  • Six people were killed in the clashes in Mezzeh, including two members of the security forces in Damascus this morning. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, 18 members of the Syrian army have been wounded in clashes throughout the night.
  • Widespread military campaings have been launched against the Daraa, Hama, and Idlib governorates today. The city of in Deir Ez Zor and Qamishli have been particularly targeted today. Several neighbourhoods in Homs have also been shelled such as Bab Sbaa and Khalidiyeh.

18:02 The Red cross and the Red crescent have sent 12 truck loads if humanitarian aid "including food, blankets and mattresses to Homs and Aleppo" has said the ICRC. 17:10 A very surreal video has been uploaded on Youtube, it shows a young boy who attempts to retrieve a weapon as he tries to hide from snipers.

17:02 The LCCS report that a committee of the United Nation Commission visited the Janub Al-Malaab neighborhood of Hama today. The committee was reportedly accompanied with security forces. Some young people managed to talk to members of the UN, say the LCCS. 16:56 The following video shows damages in the central of district of Mezzeh where heavy clashes broke out throughout the night between Syrian forces and the rebels.

16:54 The Syrian Observatory for human rights report violent clashes today at Ghassan Al-Abbode Roundabout in Deir Ezzor between the Syrian regular forces and a group of defectors. The following videos shows heavy clashes between the Syrian army and members of the FSA.

According to the SOHR, there were clashes yesterday in different neighbourhoods of Deir Ezzor which caused at least the death of 25 defectors and the loss of 33 others. 5 members of the regular forces including 2 officers were also killed in these clashes. 16:45 Catch up on the last hour in Syria: The death toll has reached 26 martyrs across Syria today, the LCCS report. In Barzeh, Damascus, the LCCS report heavy security deployments. Several people have also reportedly been injured after security forces fired at houses. Several people have also been arrested, say the LCCS. In the town of Douma, Damascus Suburbs, several people have been killed and others injured as security forces indiscriminately opened fire on the streets, the LCCS report. Moreover, all the entrances and exits of the city have been blocked. The town of Hayalein in Hama has been stormed by security forces. They fired randomly at houses as they were roaming the streets. People are reportedly attempting to leave the town. The LCCS report a ‘massive exodus’. In Salamieh, Hama, regime forces attacked the city now after an anti-regime demonstration. In Khirbet Ghazaleh, Deraa, security forces deployed throughout the city. It seems that many soldiers have defected today. 11 recruits from Raqqa have defected, 11 others have defected from the the regime's army in the Ghassan Al-Abbod roundabout area in Deir Ezzor. Finally in Jabal Zawyeh, Idlib, an officer and 10 other soldiers have defected. 15:36 France will submit to the Security Council on Monday a Western-drafted statement supporting U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace efforts in Syria and sending a strong message to Damascus to end violence against protesters, diplomats said. Reuters report:

The decision to prepare a "presidential statement" for the 15-nation council comes after Russia and China twice vetoed binding resolutions that condemned Syria's yearlong assault on demonstrators opposed to President Bashar al-Assad that the United Nations says has killed over 8,000 civilians.

"The main focus is to build common ground, support Annan's efforts and send a clear message to Damascus," a U.N. diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. France plans to circulate the draft to council members later on Monday at the end of a closed-door meeting on unrelated matters, envoys said.

15:24 The death toll has reached 16 across Syria today. Including three in Hama, 3 in Idlib, 3 in Damascus Suburbs, two in each of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, and Qamishli, and one in Homs.


Round up of the latest developments

  • Two more generals have fled Syria and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus, a Turkish diplomat said on Monday, AFP report. A total of nine generals have deserted in the past year.
  • Several areas of Homs have been under heavy attack this morning. Including the neighbourhood of Khalidiyeh and Bab Sbaa. The city of Deir Ezzor has been attacked and raided. Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard all morning in the area. The Lccs also reported a heavy military presence.
  • Al-Jazeera reveal this morning they have obtained documents which "provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests". The files were given to Al-Jazeera by Abdel Majid Barakat, a former Baath party member who has now fled to Turkey.
  • UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s spokesperson said on Monday that the experts sent by Annan have arrived in Syria.

12:43 Activists report that at least 80 people have been killed in heavy clashes between Assad troops and members of the Free Syrian army in Damascus. 50 members of the Syrian army have been killed, activists to DPA. The information has not been confirmed. 12:16 Two more generals have fled Syria and linked up with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus, a Turkish diplomat said on Monday. AFP report:

The latest defections mean a total of nine generals have deserted since the revolt against Assad's rule erupted a year ago, many of them seeking refuge in neighboring Turkey.

In addition, around 200 more Syrians crossed into Turkey on Sunday, bringing the total number of refugees to 16,100, the same official added on condition of anonymity.

12:09 The LCCS posted a video on their facebook page showing a warplane flying over Damascus.

12:05 The neighbourhood of Bab Sbaa is under heavy attack report the LCCS and activists. There are reports of casualties. 12:01 More information from Syria. Dozens of security vehicles have entered the village of Babna in Heffa, Lattakia. Violent clashes broke out between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian regular army in the town Harasta, Damascus Suburbs. 11:47 Heavy gunfire have resumed in Deir Ezzor, watch the livestream below.

11:31 Al-Jazeera reveal this morning they have obtained documents which "provide an insight into President Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to suppress anti-government protests". The files were given to Al-Jazeera by Abdel Majid Barakat, a former Baath party member who has now fled to Turkey. The documents show the determination of Assad regime to "keep control of the capital Damascus" and detail "clear orders to stop protesters from getting into the city". They also provide information on the methods used to quell the protests in different cities such as Aleppo and Idli in the north. “Every evening at 7:00 pm Damascus time, there is a meeting of all the intelligence and security chiefs looking back at what happened across the country during the day, making their plans, making their orders for the next day,” Bays said, quoted Al-Jazeera. “These orders then go to the office of the president the next morning and he himself signs all the orders, the final go ahead,“ he added. The files also reveal that the regime was spying the delegation of Arab league observers deployed in Syria last year and that financial compensations were given to supporters of Assad in Aleppo. 11:26 Another prominent activist says: "@ArabSpringFF The very densely populated area of Old #Homs is being very heavily bombarded with artillery and rockets" The neighbourhood of Bab Alsba is also reportedly under attack. There are reports of casualties. 11:22 As Mulham Al-Jundi says the situation is bad in Homs, other activists say many people have been injured in the Khalidiyeh district of Homs after a mortar hit the neighbourhood. 11:19 Activist Mulham Al-Jundi report on his twitter account that the situation in Homs is pretty bad today. He tweeted: "It's really bad situation in #Homs today !! pray for us please"


11:10 Very disturbing videos have been shared on the facebook page of "Videos of Syrian Revolution against Bashar al-Assad". It reportedly shows regime forces throwing injured and dead bodies off buildings in the city of Deir Ezzor, say activists. (The video is from yesterday)

11:05 Another video has emerged on Youtube showing a building in flames in Homs. Once again it seems to be the same building as in the video we posted earlier, but from another angle. (See 9:50 & 10:53)

10:53 Here another video of a building in flames in Homs. It seems to be the same building in the video that we posted earlier (see 9:50) but from another angle.

10:27 UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s spokesperson said on Monday that the experts sent by Annan have arrived in Syria. AFP report:

"The mission has arrived. There are five people with expertise in political, peacekeeping and mediation," Ahmad Fawzi, spokesperson for Annan told AFP.

"They will be staying for as long as they are making progress [on reaching] agreement on practical steps to implement Mr. Annan's proposals" which include a monitoring mechanism, the spokesperson said.

10:25 More news coming from Syria. The town of Abdita, Idlib, is being raided by military forces. Several tanks have been deployed. The Jab Jandaly and Hamidieh neighbourhoods of Homs have been shelled today. 10:18 The LCCS report that security forces have entered the district of Jourah, in Deir Ezzor. At least two tanks and 3 other military vehicles transporting soldiers were seen entering. 10:14 Heavy gunfire and shooting as the city of Deir Ezzor is being stormed. Watch the livestream below.

10:06 Activists say clashes in the Syrian capital have been the most violent since the beginning of the uprising. 9:57Assad forces have conducted raids in the town Kafr Shams in Daraa this morning, Al-Arabiya television reported. The two following videos support the claim. They show two army tanks driving through Kafr Shams.

9:52 People have already started demonstrating across Syria this morning. Demonstration in Tamane, Idlib.

Demonstration in Takaya, Deir Ezzor.

9:50 The following footage from this morning shows a building on fire in Homs. It was reportedly hit by a mortar.

9:39 Three members of the opposition and a member of the Syrian army have been killed in the clashes in Damascus this morning, report AFP. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, 18 members of the Syrian army have been wounded in clashes throughout the night. In the following video we can hear explosions and gunfire reportedly in the district of Mezzeh, Damascus.


Round up of the latest developments in Syria
  • UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan is to send a new delegation to Damascus early this week to discuss a proposal to deploy international monitors there, his spokesman said on Friday, report Reuters. This new delegation aims to accomplish what Annan has failed to do during his meeting with President Bashar al-Assad last weekend.
  • Violent clashes have erupted last night and continued throughout the night between members of the Syrian army and the rebels in the central district of Mezzeh located in Damascus, Syria's capital.
  • 27 people have been killed and a hundred wounded on Saturday morning in two suicide car bombings in Damascus, the Syrian capital. Both attacks targeted criminal police headquarters in the Duwar al-Jamarek area and air force intelligence offices in al-Qasaa district. Commentators on state television have accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of sending terrorists in Syria to destabilize the country. As to the opposition, it blamed Assad regime for wanting to tarnish the revolution. On Sunday another car bomb exploded in a residential area of Syria's second city of Aleppo. The attack by “terrorists” has killed two people and wounded 30 others, reported state news agency Sana./b>
  • The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, is on his way to Moscow for a one-day visit during which he will meet Russian foreign affairs minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday 19 March to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria

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