5/25/2014

  • The Syrian Air Force has killed 3,200 civilians in Aleppo city with barrel bombs since December, along with 47 rebels.
        • The attacks do not often target rebel positions, which lie on the front line, due to the inaccuracy of barrel bombs, which could easily hit government positions. Instead they target centers such as markets or bus stations well within rebel-held areas. A common tactic is to drop multiple bombs a few minutes apart from one another in order to kill emergency responders. The tactic, which is also being used in other cities and is commonly employed alongside siege and starvation tactics, has resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing from rebel-held parts of Aleppo city. The attacks also focus on certain areas which will most likely be the fronts from which future government offensives will occur.aleppo 6-25-2014

  • 8 air raids targeted ar-Raqqa, killing 30 people and wounding 37.
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  • 5 civilians were killed by a barrel bomb on the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo.

  • The Islamic Front took the Qaramita and Shalyuta checkpoints and the Mherda power plant in Hama. 

  • Abu Yusuf al-Masri, the commander of Jabhat al-Nusra in Albu Kumal, swore allegiance to the ISIL. The city lies on the border with Iraq. The ISIL entered the city without a fight and pardoned all of the commanders in the city.

  • Syrian army shelling and helicopter attacks on a Kurdish area:

  • The Mujahideen Shura Council recaptured al-Kasar from the ISIL in Deir Ez Zor. 

  • Fighting is occurring between the ISIL and rebels in Deir Ez Zor along the Euphrates river border that separates them at the city’s border. There has also been fighting around the village of al-Rez as the ISIL attempts to advance along the eastern countryside towards the town of al-Shhil.
        • The ISIL took the towns of al-Hreji, Dman, Mashek, and al-Tkihi after Jabhat al-Nusra withdrew from them and moved towards al-Shhil and the al-Omar oilfield. 

  • 2 people were injured in Deir Ez Zor after a disagreement between Jabhat al-Nusra and other rebels in the city. The Sharia Court, led by al-Nusra, attempted to arrest an individual, but civilians intervened. Rebel factions also intervened after Sharia Court body guards began to shoot into the air and threaten the civilians. The two people were injured in the resulting shootout.

  • 13 soldiers and Hezbollah fighters were killed and 15 captured by the FSA in MorekHama in a failed assault. The FSA suffered 4 casualties.

  • Islamic Front shelling of the Bayt Mhanna checkpoint near Azzahra in Aleppo:

  • Facebook has been making an active effort to remove pages that have appeared recently that sell ISIL paraphernalia.

  • The Executive Director of the Syrian Coalition’s Assistance Coordination UnitOsama Kadi, resigned for reasons he said he was not willing to state.

  • Syrian Security Forces have arrested 28 doctors in Qamishli, a PYD-controlled city, over the last 2 days.

  • Damascus and the area to its south is currently rationing electricity, with a schedule of 2 hours of electricity followed by 3 hours of blackout. The power is also cut from midnight to 6 AM, although cuts are worse in poorer or rural districts.
        • 40 percent of the high-voltage cables are out of service and more than 5,000 power stations are not operating.
        • The electricity cuts are sometimes accompanied by water cuts as well.
        • The government says that the cuts are due to rebel attacks on power infrastructure.

  • The governor of Aleppo, Wahid Aqqad, survived an assassination attempt in a restaurant. Munir Hassan Osman, the cousin of the director of Air Force Intelligence Jamil Hassan, died during a meeting with Aqqad and several others after eating poisoned food. The restaurant’s staff and customers were all arrested and the restaurant was vandalized.

  • The ISIL has withdrawn from their only position in eastern Ghouta, coinciding with an escalation of the government’s attempt to capture Mleha.

  • 9 people, including 4 children, were killed by government shelling on Marj al-Sultan in Eastern Ghouta. 

  • A bodyguard of Ahmad Tu’mah, the Prime Minister of the Interim Government, badly beat Mohammad Harith, the editor of Step News. The body guard claimed that the journalist entered the waiting room for a meeting with the Prime Minister without taking his shoes off.

  • The Lebanese military and Hezbollah entered the border town of Arsal, a common destination for fleeing Syrian refugees, in reaction to the car bomb two days ago in al-Tayyoneh. They arrested many wounded Syrian refugees and activists.

  • The EU imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on 12 Syrian government ministers, saying they were responsible for human rights violations.

  • The Local Coordination Committee in al-RastanHoms, has made a call for help from humanitarian agencies. Government forces cut off water to the city 10 days ago.

    Rubble in Zabadani.

    Rubble in Zabadani.

    ISIL members doing public service projects in Manbej.

    ISIL members doing public service projects in Manbej.

    French ISIL fighters at a crusader castle.

    French ISIL fighters at a crusader castle.

    A victim of a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo.

    A victim of a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo.

    The aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo.

    The aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo.

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