Urgent need for Syria no-fly zone, medic tells AFP
Veteran war surgeon Jacques Beres has his own compelling reasons for urging that a no-fly zone be imposed over Syria -- one bomb dropped by the regime leaves more wounded than doctors can fix in a day.
Working under cover in the northern city of Aleppo, which has been pounded for weeks as President Bashar al-Assad's forces seek to overrun rebel bastions, Beres insists the death toll in the Syrian conflict is higher that what is reported.
"At least 50,000 people have been killed without counting the disappeared," Beres, a French surgeon who daily patches up dozens of people in a hospital near the front lines of Aleppo, told AFP in an interview.
Under The Shadow Of Jets, A Syrian Town Presses On
Syrian air force jets bombed the rebel-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria Monday, killing at least 18 people, according to Syrian activists.
Over the summer, the rebels gained control of a number of towns and villages along the Syrian-Turkish border. Now, those places are being bombarded from the air and from the ground by government forces.
Azaz, in northern Syria's Aleppo province, is one of these places. There, the tombstones in the old section of the town's cemetery are laid out in neat rows.
But in the new section, where the graves are fresh, the tombstones are pieces of stone; the names are handwritten.
Death is a daily event now. A dozen new graves have been dug in anticipation of more funerals.Now, the residents of Azaz live with nightly shelling. Army troops still control a military airport eight miles away and regularly fire artillery shells into the heart of the city.
Abu Ibrahim says a rocket fired from the military airport burst through a wall of his house. His panicked family packed up and left.
"My mother was here and I took her away because this area is being targeted and I told her, 'Don't come back here anymore because it is dangerous,'" he says.
FSA blows two Assad bases in Qusair, Homs sky high with two massive bombs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibVqlCmBgKk … Amazing clip.
https://twitter.com/THE_47thJust heard my friend has fled the country. He was summoned to join army yesterday. He was a pro Assad
He has been neutral for few months now. Cursing both sides
https://twitter.com/Turk4SyriaThe silence, lack of political will and inaction to what's happening in Syria is beyond sickening. No words can explain.
The world is setting usage of chemical weapons against civilians as a yardstick.. In the meantime Assad is free to kill 5K Syrian in August.
The US isn't interested in "let's overthrow Syrian regime at all cost to weaken Iran & see what happens". To say so is Iranian narcissism.
1- There are many things factoring in the US position, including concerns of Israel & Gulf states, rise of MB in Egypt, minorities etc.
2- The US position is to be flexible & be able to adapt to facts on the ground basically. Watch carefully at a distance.
3- I don't expect a change in the US stance with or without Obama, and directly connected to it, Turkey and GCC countries.
One thing certain is though. Neither the humanitarian situation in Syria nor Turkey's concerns play a serious role in US policy.
https://twitter.com/petegee1number of Syrian female personalities will begin a hunger strike outside the Arab league HQ in Cairo tomorrow for Syria more details next
HUNGER STRIKE FOR SYRIA (Syrian Female Personalities)
Actress Louise Abdel Kareem
Poets Lina Tibi & Rasha Omran
Activist Salma Jazaerly
Activist Rula al Khush
will begin a hunger strike outside the Arab League HeadQaurters in Cairo tomorrow 4th of September 2012 at 5pm. this is to stress the importance of international priority for the children of Syria who pay the price of devastation.
Assad is still blocking humanitarian aid, baby food , medicine , blankets etc but only to areas that oppose the regime.
Local Coordination Committees in Syria
By the end of Monday LCC documented 248 martyrs, including 60 who were martyred due to warplane shelling and the number can rise: 62 martyrs were reported in Aleppo (most of them due to warplane shelling in Al-Bab, and a martyr in Sukkary neighborhood), 60 in Daraa (including 43 bodies found in Hirak), 36 in Damascus and its Suburbs (including 16 in Qaboun), 30 in Lattakia, 24 in Hama (including 21 in Faraya neighborhood), 17 in Idlib, 10 in Deir Ezzor, and 9 in Homs
27,423 people killed so far in Syria