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Assad’s Army Ready to Take Back Aleppo

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Syria’s army is preparing to launch an assault on Aleppo, aimed at driving rebels out of the northern city and surrounding province, the Daily Star of Lebanon reports.

Preparations for the new battle come five days after the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah—which is an Iranian brigade based in Lebanon—retook Qusair in center-west Syria, a year after the bulk of that region had fallen into rebel hands.

“It is likely the battle for Aleppo will start in the coming hours or days, and its aim is to reclaim the towns and villages [under rebel control] in the province,” a source in the Syrian security apparatus told AFP.

“The Syrian Arab army is ready to carry out its mission in this province,” the source said.

The pro-Assad daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday that the government army had “started to deploy at a large scale in Aleppo province, in preparation for a battle that will be fought in the city and its outskirts.”

The rebels took Alepo in July, 2012, and since then this major industrial center had been bombarded regularly by Army forces.

Al-Watan also said “the Syrian army will take advantage of its experience in Qusair and Eastern Ghouta [near Damascus] to advance in the [central] province of Hama and Homs” nearby.

“The consequences of the battle for Qusair will … map out the contours of Syria’s political future,” the daily added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday that the regime was deploying “thousands of soldiers” near Aleppo, among other things to try and cut off the rebels’ weapons supply routes from Turkey.

Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media channel, reported that the army’s “Northern Storm” operation had started Sunday morning, with the goal of “regaining Aleppo and its countryside.”

Battles raged on Sunday near Al-Nubul and Zahra, two rural Shiite enclaves outside Aleppo, in Syria’s north.

“The aim is to use the two villages as forward bases to make advances in Aleppo and its countryside,” said Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh, a rebel commander who used to be a senior officer in Assad’ military.

“The regime considers that it has received a shot in the arm after the Qusair battle, but they will find that it will not be easy to advance in Aleppo,” al-Sheikh told The Daily Star.

Another rebel commander, from the Free Syria Brigade, using the name Salah, told The Daily Star there had been increased air traffic from the direction of Al-Nubul and Zahra for the last two days.

“We are forming groups to prepare but we lack ammunition,” he said in a phone conversation.

Atrocities Plague Syria, Over 3,500 Children Killed

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

The United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) on Saturday denounced fighters in Syria for endangering children in the bloody civil war which has gripped the country for almost two years.

Over 60,000 people have been killed since the battle between President Bashar Assad and opposition to his rule began in March 2011.  Included in that number are an estimated 3,500 children.

“Media reports today (Friday) from the scene of mass killings in the village of Hasawiya outside Homs said whole families were among the dead in horrific circumstances,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that last Monday saw 31 child victims across the country.

On Tuesday, it was unclear whether President Assad or rebel forces were responsible for two blasts at Aleppo University which killed 87 people, including many students.  An estimated 100 civilian were killed in army operations in Homs province that same day as Assad loyalists swept through, torching homes and killing people, according to reports.

On Thursday, at least 7 girls were killed in aerial attacks on southern Damascus.

On Friday, two car bombs exploded in southern Syria killing at least 12 people.  One severely damaged a building in Aleppo while the other targeted worshippers at a mosque in Daraa.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/atrocities-plague-syria-over-3500-children-killed/2013/01/20/

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