A CHURCH TAKES A DIRECT HIT BY A SHELL FIRED FROM ASSAD’S FORCES. Homs (Khalidiyeh): June 11, 2012 - In their continued objective to literally level the entire town to rubble, Assad’s forces unleashed a brutal assault on Homs yesterday that was captured live on Bamuser by activist ‘Homslive' who works for Sham News Network.
Assad was supposedly the ‘protector of minorities’ ….
A video of one of the howitzer’s used to shell Homs
A MOSQUE NEXT TO THE SAINT MARY’S CURCH OF THE HOLY BELT (كنيسة أم الزنار) IS SHELLED. Homs (Khalidiyeh): June 11, 2012 - During yesterdays brutal onslaught, covered live by local Homsi activist Abu Mohmmed Ibrahim for the Sham News Netowrk on Bamuser, Assad’s forces shelled anything they could.
This has been going on for months now. The entire city is being leveled. The building with the damaged red roof is the church where a belt worn by Mary, the mother of Jesus is on display.
The church itself has been shelled before as reported here.
This is how the pounding looks like from the ground. From the viewpoint of the ‘target’.
ASSAD’S FORCES BOMB A PROTEST RALLY - 11 DIE AND DOZENS ARE INJURED. Dier El Zor (Al-Jbeileh): June 11, 2012 - In a scene that has played out before (most explicitly in Rastan, Homs where a rally was bombed live on camera), Assad’s forces do the same at this anti-regime rally.
A video show the moments after the protest was bombed by Assad’s forces.
The dead and injured in a makeshift clinic. The wails and screams of the wounded and family members.
A video of the aftermath of the shelling the next morning.
THE HUMAN-TOLL AND AFTERMATH OF THE BOMBING OF A PROTEST BY ASSAD’S FORCES. Dier El Zor (Al-Jbeileh): June 11, 2012 - A girl lay dead on a hospital gurny. She has no ID yet so they must wait for her parents to show up.
Another child in a bodybag, his face is blown off.
An injured girl at a makeshift clinic being treated by volunteer doctors.
A child having surgery on his head, removing shrapnel fragments.
ANOTHER DOZEN MEN ARE ABDUCTED, TORTURED AND EXECUTED BY ASSAD’S MEN. Hama (Shaghoreet): June 11, 2012 - The province of Idleb has become notorious for the number of massacres carried out by Assad’s forces. Scores of men are abducted each time. Tortured beyond belief then executed and dumped in fields or on the side of roads.
Most of the province is under the control of Syrians. Assad’s army cannot re-take this area so their only ‘tactc’ left is to carry out massacres such as the above in order to terrify the people into giving up their right to freedom.
***GRAPHIC*** THEY EXECUTED THESE MEN THEN SET THEM ON FIRE - Hama (Sahel Al Ghab): June 10, 2012 - What more is there to add to this description? This is happening across Syria everyday. People are abducted, tortured, executed and more recently burned.
Assad did not allow Syrians to live with dignity for 40 years. Now even in death he seeks to take their dignity away.
For some journalists, Syria has been one of the least hospitable countries in the Middle East, a place where reporters — if they can get in — are routinely harassed and threatened as they try to uncover the repression that has propped up the Assad government for decades.
For other journalists, Syria has until recently been a country led by the cultivated, English-speaking President Bashar al-Assad who, along with his beautiful British-born wife, Asma, was helping usher in a new era of openness and prosperity.
That second impression is no accident. With the help of high-priced public relations advisers who had worked in the Clinton, Bush and Thatcher administrations, the president and his family have sought over the past five years to portray themselves in the Western media as accessible, progressive and even glamorous.
Magazines and online outlets have published complimentary features about the family, often focusing on fashion and celebrity. In March 2011, just as Mr. Assad and his security forces initiated a brutal crackdown on political opponents that has led to the death of an estimated 10,000 Syrians, Vogue magazine ran a flattering profile of the first lady, describing her as walking “a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles,” a reference to her Christian Louboutin heels.