Israel returns fire on Syrian Golan, may have caused deaths
Israel fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, and may have killed Syrian soldiers, Israel's army said on Sunday.
There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings, which occurred on Saturday, the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other neighbors such as Lebanon and Turkey.
"There was small arms fire (at Israeli forces), there was a response and from what I hear over Arab media it appears Syrian soldiers were killed," Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, Israel's chief military spokesman, told Army Radio.
He said Israel was trying not to be dragged into battles between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels. The chaos of the 20-month-old insurgency often makes independent assessment of casualties within Syria difficult.
"Our trigger finger is very stiff, not light," Mordechai said. "Under no circumstances do we accept any shooting on the State of Israel's territory, but nor do we intend to heat up the area."
Lebanon struggles with refugee spill
The crisis in Syria continues to send people over the border seeking safety.
According to the UN more than 115,000 refugees are now in Lebanon.
Some are in the small border town of Irsal.
Al Jazeera's Rula Amin reports on the efforts being made to accommodate them.
Syria rebels seize airport near Iraqi border: Activists
Rebels captured an airport used by Syria’s military near the Iraqi border yesterday, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.
President Bashar Al Assad’s forces have retaliated by bombing the airport with fighter jets, said Ziad Al Amir, a local activist. Video published by rebel groups showed fighters patrolling a dusty desert air base in Syria’s Deir Al Zor province. Plumes of grey smoke rose from some low concrete buildings as fighters examined several abandoned tanks.
Assad has been struggling to put down the 20-month-old revolt against his rule, which began as peaceful protests but has morphed into a civil war that has spread to most of the country. Activists say more than 38,000 people have died.
Hamdan airport was once used to transport farm produce but was converted to a base for helicopters and military tanks during the unrest. The capture of Hamdan means Assad’s forces now only hold one air base in the province - the main military airport in Deir al-Zor city.But the rebels’ hold of territory on the ground is unlikely to prevent attacks from the sky, in what has become a typical cycle for clashes between the Syrian army and rebels. Opposition fighters, using improved tactics and equipped with heavier weapons than previous months, are able to capture territory and force out military units but are unable to fend off attacks from the air. The army often bombs security sites taken by the rebels, perhaps to destroy any useful equipment.
“Some of the army officers left the soldiers in the airport and fled with three of the tanks and are trying to arrange a rescue, so the fighting has become fierce in the area,” Al Amir told Reuters by Skype.
https://twitter.com/And_HarperMeanwhile in Damascus, regime forces have stormed University dorms, and have arrested dozens of students.
Fighting limits inflow to 308 refugees 2 safety of jordan last nite. Incl. 6 new borns and 35 infants. Oldest were two 80 yr women.
resistance fighters have liberated the regiment 46 base in aleppo countryside
resistance fighters arrested many assad troops in regiment 46 base in aleppo countryside
resistance fighters killed +12 assad troops in the citadel of harem (idlib). clashes continue
10 assad troops defected to resistance fighters in al-amiriyah neighborhood in aleppo city
10s of homes were destroyed in darayya due to heavy bombardment
resistance fighters destroyed a tank & a military checkpoint at a petrol station near the palestinian camp in damascus city
resistance fighters fired mortar missiles on al-mazzeh military airport. there is thick smoke in the airport
The Local Coordination Committees in Syria
The number of martyrs in Syria today [Saturday] has reached 136, including 3 women and 6 children. 63 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs, including 7 martyrs in Harasta; 30 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 21 in Deir Ezzor; 11 in Idlib; 4 in Homs; 2 in Daraa; and 2 in Hama
39,101 people killed so far in Syria