5/23/2014

  • Walid Kamal Shabbat, a doctor in Syria known for performing 2,763 surgeries in Daraa in the last year, was killed along with three of his medical staff when their field hospital was hit by a barrel bomb.

  • After taking the Aleppo Central Prison, the Syrian military appears to be preparing to move west of the prison towards Hryatan. They are also still pushing to take the Sheikh Najjar industrial area in the northeast of Aleppo. Taking both of these areas would allow the government to cut-off supplies to the eastern half of the city.

–The rebels control of the surrounding countryside would make a siege of Aleppo very difficult to achieve.

–Rebels in east Aleppo are not very coherent with each other, while rebels in west Aleppo are much more unified and do a better job of coordinating with each other.


  • Ban Ki-moon said that the UN preparing to send aid via borders outside of the government’s control.

–He said that 9.3 million people, including 6.5 million who have been displaced by fighting, are in urgent need of humanitarian aid and the government has failed to care for its people.


  • Russia is sending two observers to monitor the June 3rd election.

  • 22 people were killed and 30 injured when a campaign rally in support of Assad was hit by rebel shelling in Daraa city.

  • The ISIL summarily executed 30 fighters from the Islamic Front and Jahbat al-Nusra in the village of Al-Shola in Deir Ez Zor.

     

  • The NATO commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, said that there are fighters from all NATO members in Syria right now.

  • Rebels captured Tal Um Horan, near Nawa.

  • In Aleppo province, government forces retreated from Tel Balat in the face of an ISIL advance.

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a 15-3 vote approving providing training and equipment to the FSA.

  • Al-Quds, an Iranian militia, reportedly led the storming operation of Aleppo Central Prison.

  • Fighting at Morek:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns2NwLLFKmw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

     

  • The Mercy Corps has had to stop its operations in Damascus after the government forbade it to work it rebel-held areas.

  • 25 soldiers were reportedly killed during a failed assault on Sheikh Saaed.

  • The ISIL has offered amnesty to any Jahbat al-Nusra fighter who defects to them.

  • The town of Kafr Basin in Idlib  was captured by rebels.

  • The ISIL cut-off regime supply lines to Sheikh Najjar after they launched an attack of Tal Balat. They have apparently killed 67 government forces in the battle.

  • Two car bombs were detonated at the Aleppo Central Prison and the nearby village of Bureij. Claims were made that 90 SAA and Hezbollah fighters were killed.

–Rebels are trying to re-take Bureij in order to cut government supply lines.


  • Brigade General Jaber Al-Saleh of the Revolutionary Guard was killed by rebels in Nawa.

 


A current map of the from in Hama province. The two circled towns are where three chlorine gas barrel bombs were reportedly dropped yesterday.

A current map of the from in Hama province. The two circled towns are where three chlorine gas barrel bombs were reportedly dropped yesterday.

The YPG setting up checkpoints in a recently captured area of Hasaka.

The YPG setting up checkpoints in a recently captured area of Hasaka.

Current map for the battle around Nawa, near the Israel border.

Current map for the battle around Nawa, near the Israel border.

Current map of fighting around Mleiha.

Current map of fighting around Mleiha.

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