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Syrian Rocket Smashes into Bus; 25 Dead

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

At least 25 people, including women and children, were killed in Aleppo Tuesday when Syrian forces attacked a bus with a rocket, according to the opposition Aleppo Medical Center,

It said the attack from a nearby Syrian military base burned everyone inside the bus beyond recognition and that it was impossible to know the actual death toll.

Aleppo has been wracked by fierce clashes between opposition forces and the Syria army and air force the past several weeks. More than 500 people were killed in attacks by “barrel bombs” that are packed with TNT and shrapnel, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The regime, of course, called the rebels “terrorists” and that despite their “destruction, murder and abduction the Syrian people continue to live their lives and the state’s establishments continue to carry out their duties.”

Defense Minister Ya’alon: Assad Has Lost Control

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Against the background of the gas attack in Syria and the reports about hundreds of victims, perhaps more than a thousand, Israeli Defense Minister and former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon said on Wednesday that “the Syrian regime has lost control over the country, is present only in about 40 percent of its territory and is finding it difficult to subdue to opposition forces.”

Speaking at a ceremony welcoming the new Jewish year at the defense ministry compound in downtown Tel Aviv, Ya’alon said that “for some time now this has not been an internal Syrian conflict. We decided not to intervene in this conflict, but we drew red lines to make sure our interests are not harmed.

The defense minister expressed skepticism about the ending of the war in Syria. “We don’t envision the end of this situation, since even the toppling of Assad won’t bring about a conclusion. There are many open, bloody accounts yet to be settled by the various elements.”

“It’s a conflict that has turned global, with one axis receiving support from Russia and the other bein helped by the U.S. and Europe. Lebanon is connected to the massive Iranian support and therefore the war has been dripping into its territory as well. Inside Lebanon there are focal points of confrontation as well. But, generally speaking, the borders are peaceful and we are watching to make sure the cannons are not trained on us,” Ya’alon said.

According to rebel sources in Syria, the number of dead as a result of the chemical gas attack on a suburb of Damascus has topped 1,300, including women and children. The rebels are claiming this was a massacre of innocent civilians, who were hurt by poison gas in the area of the Guta camp, a rebel held spot outside Damascus.

A Syrian government spokesperson has said in response that those claims are unfounded, and are intended to sabotage the work of the UN inspectors who have just arrived in Syria to investigate earlier reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army.

Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, head of the 20-member inspection team, told news agency TT that he finds the reports of such a high number of casualties suspicious.

“It sounds like something that should be looked into,” he told TT over the phone from Damascus. “It will depend on whether any UN member state goes to the secretary general and says we should look at this event. We are in place.”

Minister Ya’alon referred to situation in Egypt as well, saying there has been relative quiet on the Israeli border with Egypt, but noted that extremist elements like the World Jihad will attempt to destabilize the border.

He warned against the recent developments in the Sinai, such as the execution by Islamist terrorists of 25 Egyptian policemen, spilling over into Israel.

“Over the past week, the Sinai border has been the hottest, and it obliges us to realign for it.”

Report: Syrian Army Chemical Missile Kills 100 (Video)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Israel’s Channel 10 News cites a report from the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad that the Syrian army has launched a surface-to-surface missile in a suburb of the capital Damascus, killing more than 100.



The reliability of the report not yet clear, according to Channel 10, and it is not known what type of chemical was used.

According to the report, the Syrian army is bombing the towns of Tamara and Zamalka, on the outskirts of Damascus. The rebels are reporting dozens of injuries. It was also reported that the army has shot down a rebel helicopter.

Several Arab news channel have carried this report. The alleged attack took place while a UN mission with some 20 inspectors is in Damascus to investigate earlier reports of chemical weapons use.

The inspectors are expecting to visit three sites, most notably Khan al-Assal near Aleppo. According to the UN, 13 reports of chemical weapon attacks have been received to date – not including today’s report.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the investigators intend to collect samples, conduct interviews with witnesses, victims, and attending medical personnel, and conduct autopsies.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, the Syrian army has attacked rebel positions in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday, countering a rebel advance that threatened to take the whole city. Deir al-Zor, on the banks of the Euphrates, 270 miles northeast of Damascus, is the capital of an oil-rich region bordering Iraq.


UN Official: Syrian Army Asked IDF Not to Hit its Tanks in the Golan

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

The blogger Nabil Abi Saab of UN Report on Saturday revealed a note that, according to diplomats, was submitted to the Security Council on Friday, 7 June 2013, by Herve Ladsous, UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.

This is a full transcription of the note:

Note on developments in UNDOF

1. On the morning of 6 June, heavy clashes between the Arab Armed Forces (SAAF) and armed members of the opposition occurred in the area of separation, particularly in the vicinity of Quneitra and Qataniyah near the Bravo Gate (the entry point on the Bravo side to and from the Israeli-occupied Golan, maintained by Syrian authorities). UNDOF also reported shelling in the vicinity of Khan Arnabeh, Al Samdaniyah and Trunji, and mortar fire in the United Nations Observation Post 52, in the area of separation. Tank shells and mortars impacted in the vicinity of United Nations Position 60A. As a result of the fighting, several impacts of indirect mortar and heavy-machine gun fire hit the UNDOF Logistic Base, Camp Ziouani, located on the Alpha side (Israeli-occupied Golan). Two UNDOF personnel at Camp Ziouani sustained minor injuries and are in stable condition. UNDOF is currently assessing the extent of the damage to the facility. During the fighting UNDOF personnel at United Nations Positions 22, 25, 27 and 60 in the area of separation took shelter in their positions. UNDOF personnel at the Charlie Gate (on the ceasefire line and manned by UNDOF) relocated temporarily to the Alpha side.

2. During the clashes, SAAF reinforced its presence in the area of separation with five main battle tanks and five armoured personnel carriers, moving in the direction of Quneitra. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) informed the UNDOF Force Commander that should the movement of SAAF tanks continue, the IDF would take action. Subsequently, the UNDOF Force Commander conveyed the message to the Senior Syrian Arab Delegate (SSAD), UNDOF’s main interlocutor on the Bravo side. The SSAD informed the UNDOF Force Commander that the presence of the tanks was solely for the purpose of fighting the armed members of the opposition and asked that the IDF not take action. Also, during the fighting, armed members of the opposition took control temporarily of the Bravo Gate. After several hours of Clashes between the SAAF and the armed members of the opposition, the SAAF regained control of the Bravo Gate and fighting in the area had subsided. Currently, four main battle tanks and three armoured personnel carriers remain in the area of separation, in violation of the Disengagement Agreement.

3. The SSAD informed UNDOF that SSAD Liaison Officers at the Bravo Gate suffered fatalities. The Government of Israel Liaison Officer informed UNDOF that the IDF had provided emergency medical treatment to a total of 16 armed members of the opposition, all of whom had been returned to the Bravo side. UNDOF does not have any additional information on casualties or fatalities among SAAF or armed members of the opposition.

4. Throughout the fighting, the UNDOF Force Commander remained in contact with both sides in an effort to prevent an escalation of the situation across the ceasefire line, and to ensure the safety and security of United Nations personnel.

5. As stated by the Secretary – General, further to the announced decision by the Government of Austria to withdraw its contingent from UNDOF, the United Nations is approaching Member States in an effort to identify urgently new contributors or additional contributions to UNDOF.

DPKO / 6 June 2013

Third Time this Week: Syrians Fire at IDF Golan Heights Patrol

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Israel’s Syrian border continues to heat up. At 1:30 AM Tuesday, shots were opened on an IDF patrol in the Golan Heights, and the force returned fire.

An examination turned out that some bullets hit the patrol vehicle, but no one was injured. A military source said it is still unclear whether this was the result of fire “leaking” over from the clashes between President Bashar Assad’s army and rebels, or deliberate fire.

The IDF force responded by firing a missile at the position from which the shooting took place, and a precise hit at the target was identified.

This is the third such incident since last Saturday night, with someone on the Syrian side opening fire at IDF troops. On Saturday night an IDF jeep was hit, but no damage or injuries were recorded. Early Monday morning, there was a second firing incident near Tel Hazaka, where currently there are severe clashes between rebel forces and Syrian government soldiers.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has given the order for IDF patros to shoot back at any source of fire from the other side of the border. But in two of the recent three cases the patrols could not locate the source of fire.

The website Walla reports a concern in the IDF that the Golan Heights region could become a magnet for terrorist attacks against Israeli soldiers near borderline perimeter fence. A sector officer told Walla that the military is getting ready to face any eventuality in the area.

Over the past few months, its has been reported that rebel forces, comprised mostly of Al Qaeda fighters, have been pulling to the south of Syria, as the battles between the two sides are raging. On Saturday, the beleaguered Syrian President accused Israel of supporting the rebels in order to bring him down. But Sources in the Israeli security services have been stressing that the “devil we know,” Assad, is by far preferable to Israel over his enemies.

Rebel Syrian Officer: Once We Liberate Syria We’ll Go After the Jews

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Until a month ago, Lieutenant Hassan was serving in the Syrian Army’s fifth armored division, which has been putting down riots around the country since March of 2011. But he finally decided he could no longer point his weapon at his own people.

Aided by an organized network operated by the Free Syria Army, Hassan and another officer managed to defect. This week, while fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the battered city of Homs, he offered, between angry curses, a rare glimpse into the daily atrocities taking place there.

Communicating over Facebook with Shai Levi, of Israel’s Channel 2 News, Lieutenant Hassan wrote: “All my life I knew that my weapon should only be pointing at the Zionists who conquered the Golan. When the demonstrations began. I believed they were the work of the Zionist Mossad and the CIA, who pushed the weak and the poor to rise up.”

Hassan continued: “The great Allah gave me nightmares. It was obvious to me that I’m not permitted to shoot and that I must escape. I planned my escape for more than a month, along with two other heroes, until we managed to connect with men connected to the living shaheed Ali.”

According to Hassan, Ali is a Colonel who deserted from the Syrian army and now commands a unit of the FSA near Lebanon’s northern border with Syria. Ali commands a network of emissaries who are experts at contacting officers and enlisted men looking to defect.

According to Shai Levi, the process of interviewing Lieutenant Hassan was complex and circuitous, utilizing coded messages and breaking frequently to switch to different pages, all in order to elude Syrian Intelligence. For all Hassan had known, the nice Israeli reporter on Facebook could be trying to lure him into a torture dungeon.

Hassan is a resident of a suburb of Damascus. At 25 he is still single, perhaps because he has been in the military for the past seven years. His parents and brothers are still at home near Damascus, and he fears for their lives were he ever to be detected.

Today it is quite clear that the protests of last spring have evolved into a full scale civil war. The Free Syria Army is a guerilla force that was founded by deserting Colonel Hussein Harmush. Harmush was captured by units loyal to Assad and appeared on national television to renounce the rebellion. It helped that his house had been burnt down and a few family members were executed.

How was Hassan able to shoot his own people?

The deserting Lieutenant says he witnessed executions of soldiers who refused to shoot. He tells of one soldier in his division who tried to escape after hearing about the Hamma massacre, and after capturing him the unit’s commanders decided to execute him in front of his peers. “First they shot his knees, and only after he was screaming in pain did they finish him off. Allah is my witness that this soldier is a shaheed (martyr) today. After he was dead they cut off his head and threw it before the assembled soldiers. The message was clear.”

The SFA has been boasting substantial victories in recent months, and as many as 20,000 fighting men, most of them defecting Syrian soldiers. Its new commander, Colonel Riad al-Asaad said this month that his forces control half of Syria. Between battles they update their Facebook page.

The bulk of the fighting today is taking place in Hamma, where the military is using the airforce, in addition to tanks and artillery. So far the accepted casualty figure stands at 7,000.

Lieutenant Hassan is blunt about the chances for a rapprochement between Israel and the rebels. “Don’t let the Zionists think that after the regime will be changed we will put down our swords. The Golan and the Zionist state are still considered Dar al Harb (war zone). Once we liberate Syria from the corrupt ones, we will be stronger against the Jews.”

Earlier this week, the Jewish Press reported on a live, on-camera phone conversation between Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee Ayub Kara and  defecting Syrian Army officer Abu Bilal, who urged Israel to support the Syrian populace against President Bashar al-Assad’s terror.

 

Video: Syrian Rebel Officer Begs Israel to Intervene

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee Ayub Kara appeared on Israel’s Knesset channel and spoke over the phone with defecting Syrian Army officer Abu Bilal, who urged Israel to support the Syrian populace against President Bashar al-Assad’s terror.

Watch the video:

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