4/13/2014

  • Syrian state media blamed Jahbat al-Nusrafor a chemical attack in Kafrzita that killed 2 and injured more than 100. They also claimed that al-Nusra was planning other chemical attacks in WadiDeif area in Idlib Province in northwest Syria, as well as another area in Hama.

–Video of explosion with a yellow cloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9x_6tCqQL4

–Video of the container supposedly used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RQxdsr9VmI#t=32

–Remains of a barrel bomb that contained a gas cylinder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N17puCFoI8A

Remains of a gas cylinder with markings confirming it held chlorine gas.

Remains of a gas cylinder with markings confirming it held chlorine gas.


 

 

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that in Damascus “unidentified gunmen assassinated a major general in regime forces“, thought to be Major General Samir Sheikh, director of the Syrian Army Reconnaissance Department.

  • SANA denied claims that rebels had captured the Air Force Intelligence Headquarters in northwest Aleppo, showing a correspondent in front of the building with no sign of fighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4vHGBd2wK4g

–Rebels surrounded the building on Thursday and claim it holds hundreds of detainees.


–This is the third rebel faction this month to post videos or pictures with the BGM-71, leading to questions as to whether the U.S. is providing the anti-tank missiles to more moderate groups.


  • The Syrian military continued its push to clear the Jobar section in northeast Damascus.

–Rebels under tank fire in the area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndMD_b2lqWI


  • Abu Khalid Haidara, the founder of Ahrar al-Sham in eastern Ghouta, was killed.

  • It was reported that Hussein Hassan Hamadeh, the head of Hezbollah’s Signal Corps, was killed along with 3 other Hezbollah fighters earlier in the week in an ambush in Aleppo. His funeral was held in Lebanon on Friday.

  • Patrick Cockburn of The Independent of London continued to repeat claims from Seymour Hesh’s widely discredited account that Syrian rebels working with Turkey carried out August’s chemical attack, and added Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and MI6 to the conspiracy.

  • The death toll from starvation and lack of medical care was reported by the Workforce for Palestinians in Syria to have reached 142 in the southern Damascus area of Yarmouk.

–The mostly Palestinian neighborhood has been under siege by the Syrian military since June 2013, when rebels first moved into the area. Aid was briefly allowed in, but was cut off again on the 7th.


  • The FSA claimed to have repulsed a regime attack on the Sheikh Najjar Industrial Area in Aleppo.

–They claimed they were helped when a barrel bomb missed rebels and hit regime forces instead.

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