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Two Mortar Shells from Syria Explode at Golan Heights Border

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Two more mortar shells fired by either Syrian rebels or soldiers exploded at the Golan Heights border Monday. The IDF said the shells apparently were stray fire in clashes between the two sides. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

The Golan Heights frequently has been under fire the past several months, sometimes intentionally.

Nearly One-Third of Syria’s Christians Have Fled Their Homes

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Nearly one-third of Syria’s native Christians have fled their homes during the Syrian civil war, according to Syrian Christian leader Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

He said that more than 450,000 Christians out of an estimated 1.75 million have been displaced or have left the country since the Syrian civil war began in early 2011.

Patriarch Gregorios, who has been criticized for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said the international community needs to do more to block the flow of weapons into Syria. “We have to have campaign together—no more weapons, no more violence, go together to a better new vision of life,” he said.

Many Christians support President Bashar al-Assad out of fear that if he is overthrown and replaced by Islamists, they will face greater persecution, especially from the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra terrorist organization.

Al Qaeda Truck Bomb Kills another 30 people in Syria

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

A truck bomb that was aimed at Syrian soldiers killed at least 30 people, most of them civilians, in Syria on Sunday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It added that the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra terrorist organization carried out the attack on the outskirts of the central Syrian city of Hama, where some of the largest anti-Assad demonstrations took place in the beginning of the Arab Street rebellion.

On Saturday, at least 16 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack also carried out by Al Nusra.

Syrian Mine Blows Up Minibus; Women and Children among 21 Dead

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A mine explosion as a minibus drove by on Wednesday killed 21 people, including women and children, near the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolution against the Assad regime more than three years ago.

Four children and six women were among the victims in the city of Noa in the Deraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Activists for the opposition said the vehicle ran over a mine in the rebel-held territory, not far from a base of soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad.

Clashes continued to Wednesday despite pleas from the Arab League and Muslim groups for a temporary ceasefire during the current Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Between 27 and more than 55 soldiers, depending on which report can be believed, were killed by rebels the past two days.

UPDATE: IDF Attacks Source of Mortar Fire from Syria

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

The IDF attacked the source of mortar fire on Israel Wednesday afternoon and injured Syrian soldiers after two shells exploded in the Golan Heights and lightly wounded two Israeli soldiers.

The retaliatory attack knocked out the mortar launcher on the Syrian side of the Golan, and military spokesmen that an unknown number of Syrian fighters apparently soldiers of the Assad regime, were injured.

It was the first time Israeli soldiers were wounded from fire on the Syrian side during the civil war, and it was at least the second time the IDF retaliated. Two months ago, the Israeli army fired a missile on Syrian territory after artillery fire on the Israeli side of the Golan.

One of the Israeli soldiers suffered shrapnel wounds and the other was treated for shock. Both were evacuated to the hospital in Tzfat (Safed).

It is not yet known whether the fire from the Syrian side was errant or intentional, but preliminary estimates were that the soldiers were hit by stray mortar shells.

It was only a matter of time until there were injuries to Israeli soldiers. Residents of the Golan and soldiers posted near the border have become accustomed to mortars shells and occasional machine gun fire the past several months as the civil war continues to rage on the other side of the border.

Heavy fighting was reported on Wednesday between Syrian rebels and soldiers loyal to the Assad regime.

Syria and Israel have maintained a ceasefire since 1974, one year after the Yom Kippur War. It has held despite a cold war between Israel and the Assad regime, but the civil war has raised the threat that either side might jump at an opportunity to try to draw Israel into the conflict.

U.N. troops posted in the demilitarized zone were forced to evacuate the area several times this year because of battles, and in at least two instances, U.N. soldiers were kidnapped or detained.

Syrian Violence Spills Over to – Australia

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Violence in the Syrian Civil War knows no borders and has spillover as far as away as Australia, where shooting and arson attacks have taken place.

A Melbourne-based nurse visited Syria twice to help with humanitarian efforts on behalf of rebels  and said her husband’s car had been firebombed and their hem shot at, the Australian reported Monday.

The nurse’s brother was killed in the war last year, and her husband’s car carries the emblem of the Syrian Free Army.

James Daoud, an opponent of the rebellion said he also has been threatened. He told the newspaper, “For the last one year we have seen a lot of attacks on the Shia. There have been a lot of attacks on Shia and Alawi businesses. We are also seeing boycotts of business.”

The head of the pro-rebel Australian Syrian Association, Mohammad Al-Hamwi, said he has received more than 23 threats on his mobile phone.

Assad’s Forces Starve Village that Was Gassed

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Assad’s army has surrounded a village near Damascus that the regime gassed with chemical weapons last month, and it is not letting basic food supplies into the town, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

One of the newspaper’s reporters managed to overcome the government ban on foreign journalists and visited the village of Moadhamiya, home to 12,000 people but also where rebel fighters are located.

“We won’t allow them to be nourished in order to kill us,” said a 24-year-old loyalist fighter, referring to rebels and their supporters on the other side of town. “Let them starve for a bit, surrender and then be put on trial.”

The poison gas attack on Moadhamiya on August 26 killed approximately 80 people, according to activists.

The Journal’s reporter wrote that according to an activist, “Residents finished all grains and provisions that people traditionally store in their homes in Syria for winter. Electricity and most telephone lines have been cut off for months and the water retrieved from deep wells is scarce.”

“People are going to starve to death,” said a resident of a nearby town.

Saudis Cancels UN Speech to Protest Soft Policies on Iran, Syria

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday it will cancel its scheduled speech at the United Nations General Assembly this week to protest the new soft glove approach of the United Nations and the United States towards Iran and Syria.

Citing sources in Saudi Arabia, the Italian ANSA news agency reported that Riyadh is unhappy over President Barack Obama’s holding a 15-minute conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

Saudi Arabia also is outraged over President Obama’s turning dovish on Syria’s use of chemical weapons which it fears will be used by Syrian President Bassar al-Assad “to impose more killing and to torture its people,” according to Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.”

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