5/22/2014

  • Assad has been using the names of various Sunni opposition figures on his campaign posters which say that they support his candidacy, apparently without their knowledge.

  • Unrest is growing in the city of Tartous. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that around 30,000 soldiers from the city have died, while its governor says that 4,000 have been killed and 2,000 are missing.

–The city has become a refuge for thousands of internally displaced civilians and anger at the large number of youths who have died fighting has become almost unanimous for the city’s citizens.


  • Hytham Manna, the Deputy General Coordinator of the Coordination Commission for Democratic Change Forces for the Syrian National Council, said that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry had invited him as part of an opposition delegation to talk about the situation in Syria and the fate of the political solution.

  • Shaam News Network said that at least 25 government fighters were killed near Nawa.

  • Cluster bombs being dropped on Maarat al-Nu’man in Idlib province https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWfdDV8c6SU#t=19

  •  Government forces entered Aleppo Central Prison with tanks and armored vehicles, breaking the year long siege by rebels.

–There were apparently 100 barrel bombs dropped in the vicinity of the prison in the final push.

Exterior photo of the prison released by SANA today.

Exterior photo of the prison released by SANA today.

  • Soldiers and a SANA reporter inside the prison.

    Soldiers and a SANA reporter inside the prison.

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    A Lebanese fighter from Jabal Muhsen who helped break the siege.

    A Lebanese fighter from Jabal Muhsen who helped break the siege.

    Women and children in the prison.

    Women and children in the prison.

     

    A current map of Aleppo.

    A current map of Aleppo.

    The order of the next probable government pushes in Aleppo.

    The order of the next probable government pushes in Aleppo.


  • The ISIL now holds most of the territory in Deir Ez Zor province east of the Euphrates river.

  • Uruguay is planning to take in 100 Syrian child refugees from Syria.

  • Hassan al-Nuri, one of the candidates opposing Assad in the upcoming election, said that the conflict began because of the government’s poor economic management and the monopolization of wealth by a minority elite. He also said the government had mismanaged the war in the beginning and made things worse than they otherwise might have been, but now a global conspiracy is trying to overthrow the government.

  • Syria’s government called for the international community to help rebuild the healthcare system that has been destroyed by “terrorists”. This statement conflicts with the UN’s assessment that the government is largely responsible for the damage and have been deliberately targeting hospitals and doctors.

–The Health Minister, Saad al-Nayef, said that over 200 doctors have been killed, including 11 shot a point-blank range, 450 ambulances have been targeted, 700 health centers destroyed, and 38 hospitals put out of operation, and that “terrorist groups have caused all this”.

–The UN said that the government has been denying care to the wounded by removing medical supplies from aid convoys.


  • The government is increasingly relying on women in Hama to man checkpoints in the city, with women currently making up 40% of personnel at the checkpoints.

  • Fighting between government forces and the YPG has killed 13 people in the last 24 hours in Hasaka.

–Government forces reportedly killed several children in a mortar attack.

–The Hasaka News Center said that Kurdish forces had cut the water off to Hasaka city.

–The YPG has taken control of the northern and eastern parts of the city.

–The SAA attacked YPG area with heavy artillery and the YPG severely restricted SAA movement in the city through the use of snipers.


–Rebels said that they killed at least 36 soldiers and caused over 100 casualties.

A rebel posing next to a destroyed BMP in Morek.

A rebel posing next to a destroyed BMP in Morek.


  • China and Russia vetoed the UN Security Council vote to refer Syria to the ICC.

  • Government forces advanced south in Raqqa and reached Al Tabqa, which is currently under heavy shelling by them.

  • There were reports of two chlorine bombs in Kafr Zita.

–Video showing a cloud of yellow-green gas in the street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU26RJ1IXYo


  • A convoy of government tanks attacking Morek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoyPsHi4J8s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that there is no indication that the regime is moving its remaining weapons to hand over for destruction, or an indication of how long it might take them to do so. Part of the problem is that conditions on the ground make transporting the chemicals impossible.

  • SAA soldiers on Hilan Hill near Aleppo.

    SAA soldiers on Hilan Hill near Aleppo.

    A 4-story tall campaign poster for Assad at the University of Latakia. It is composed of the names of SAA soldiers who have died in the war.

    A 4-story tall campaign poster for Assad at the University of Latakia. It is composed of the names of SAA soldiers who have died in the war.

    ISIL prisoners who were executed by Jahbat al-Nusra.

    ISIL prisoners who were executed by Jahbat al-Nusra.

    Two children injured by government airstrikes.

    Two children injured by government airstrikes.

    An Iranian fighter in Morek who was beheaded by Jahbat al-Nusra.

    An Iranian fighter in Morek who was beheaded by Jahbat al-Nusra.

    A tunnel dug by SAA forces that was discovered and blown up by rebels near Damascus in Dariya.

    A tunnel dug by SAA forces that was discovered and blown up by rebels near Damascus in Dariya.

    Photos obtained by the Anadolu Agency showing victims of government torture.

    Photos obtained by the Anadolu Agency showing victims of government torture.

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