5/30/2014

  • Assad welcomed a delegation from North Korea, celebrating the two country’s long friendship.

  • Aleppo province was bombarded with barrel bombs. Daret Ezzet, Hreitan, and Atareb were hit in the countryside.
      • Within the city, the neighborhoods of Qarleq, Qattaneh, Hellock, Bestan Al Basha, and Shaar were all hit.

  • 40,000 civilians have fled Idlib city in the last 3 days as they prepare for fighting when rebels attempt to capture the city. .

  • 20 people were killed and 70 injured as rebels shelled western Aleppo.

  • The ISIL moved prisoners in ar-Raqqa from al-Tabaqa and al-Sad to the football stadium.

  • Assad sent a reconciliation committee to Daraya, west of Damascus, to negotiate a truce with the local council and rebels in the town.

  • A security sweep is being conducted in western Aleppo by the military and intelligence to search all of the houses in the area and identify empty ones, which the government says should then be rented to “Syrian citizens“.

  • In the run-up to the election the government is attempting to open the Karaj al-Hajez crossing in Aleppo and threatened to bomb the neighborhood with barrel bombs if rebels do not open it.
      • The crossing is the only route linking the rebel-held east Aleppo and the government-held west Aleppo.

  • Voting continued at the Syrian embassy in Lebanon after an extension was approved due to the high voter turnout yesterday.

  • The US State Department confirmed that an American had carried out a suicide bombing while fighting for Jahbat al-Nusra earlier this week in the attacks on 2 army bases around Khan Shaykhoun.

  • Agence France-Presse reported that government air raids on Aleppo have killed 1.963 people since the beginning of the year, including 567 children and 283 women.

  • At least 20 people were killed in Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo after barrel bomb attacks.
  • A boy killed in the barrel bomb attack.

    A boy killed in the barrel bomb attack.


  • The Pope called for the world not to forget about Syria and its people.

  • The political committee within the Syrian National Coalition has decided to request that the UN designate a representative from the coalition and stop dealing with the government’s representatives.

  • Fighting around al-Nab’ayn, in Latakia province, erupted during a new government offensive in the area to prevent rebels from bombarding polling stations during the election.

  • A meeting was held in Turkey between rebel groups present in Idlib province and foreign advisers. Two dozen military objectives were apparently listed and divided among the groups to ensure better coordination.

  • Yesterday, fighters from the ISIL kidnapped 193 Kurdish citizens from the town of Qbasin in Aleppo’s countryside.

    A current map of fighting in Dar'aa

    A current map of fighting in Dar’aa

    Jahbat al-Nusra in Khan Shaykhoun showing off recently captured vehicles.

    Jahbat al-Nusra in Khan Shaykhoun showing off recently captured vehicles.

    The recently killed Iranian general, Abdollah Eskandari.

    The recently killed Iranian general, Abdollah Eskandari.

    One of 3 tunnels dug by the SAA that were discovered and captured by rebels in Dariya.

    One of 3 tunnels dug by the SAA that were discovered and captured by rebels in Dariya.

    Akram Sweidan decorates a mortar in Duma.

    Akram Sweidan decorates a mortar in Duma.

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