8/4/2014

  • 7 people from the same family were executed by the Islamic State near the town of Salmiya in Hama. 4 other people were injured.
    • The family belonged to the Ismaili religious minority, an offshoot of Shiitism.
    • Some of them were shot, while others were killed with knives.

  • The IS took control of the town of Swedan Jazeera from tribal fighters in Deir Ez Zor, killing 13 people in the clashes.

  • A car bomb hit an IS base in al-Bukamal in Deir Ez Zor, killing 20 people.

  • The IS warned people in Shiatat villages to evacuate within 24 hours, as it will be considered a military zone after that.
    • Shiatat villages expelled the IS and have been fighting them since last Wednesday.

  • 9 rebels and an unknown number of government fighters were killed last night during fighting in eastern Aleppo city. 

  • Government forces took the Air Force Defense Battalion in Aleppo city, and advanced in the southern countryside.

  • At least 12 workers were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Aleppo as they were repairing the high voltage line around al-Zerba Zezon that supplies both Aleppo and Idlib. 

  • 20 people were killed in DoumaRif Dimashq, by airstrikes.
    • A cameraman present as a second airstrike hits people who came to help an earlier one in Douma: 

  • The Islamic Front said that two of its members were killed while trying to dismantle a car bomb in Douma. The driver was arrested, and the IF said it was a government operation.

  • The number of people killed by airstrikes in Kafr Batna since yesterday has risen to 29.

  • Some videos of rebels fighting as they broke the siege around Mleha yesterday, following the suicide bombing by Jabhat al-Nusra:     

  • Fighting is still going on around Mleha, with heavy airstrikes as well.

  • At least 14 soldiers were killed by fighting in Arsal in Lebanon. A Lebanese army official said they found around 50 militant bodies when they entered the town, although this number is not confirmed.
    • The Army said that 22 soldiers are missing.
    • At least 9 civilians have been killed, and a large number injured, mainly by Lebanese shelling in the area.
    • Residents of Arsal said that the IS executed 13 LAF soldiers, which would bring their total dead to 27.
    • A video showing areas recaptured by the LAF, as well as bodies and prisoners: 

  • Abul Hassan al-Filistini, the IS leader in Qalamoun, was killed.

  • SANA said that 14 people were killed by rebel mortars in Aleppo and Damascus. 

  • al-Zabadani, a city in Rif Dimashq, reached its seventh day without electricity.

  • Salih Muslim Mohammed, the leader of the PYD, said that hundreds of YPG members are fighting with the Peshmerga against the IS in Iraq.
    • YPG fighters battling the IS on the Iraqi side of the Rabia border crossing: 

      A child who was injured by shelling in Arsa

      A child who was either killed or injured by LAF shelling in Arsal.

      A vehicle from Arsal captured by the IS from the LAF.

      A vehicle from Arsal captured by the IS from the LAF.

      A young girl who was either killed or wounded in Arsal by LAF shelling.

      A young girl who was either killed or wounded in Arsal by LAF shelling.

      Tents burning after LAF artillery hit them in the Syrian refugee camp in Arsal.

      Tents burning after LAF artillery hit them in the Syrian refugee camp in Arsal.

      LAF soldiers heading to Arsal.

      LAF soldiers heading to Arsal.

      A tank captured by the Islamic Front after they captured Alsafa hill in Qalamoun.

      A tank captured by the Islamic Front after they captured Alsafa hill in Qalamoun.

      A pro-IS rally held in Tripoli, Lebanon.

      A pro-IS rally held in Tripoli, Lebanon.

      Sheitat tribal fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

      Sheitat tribal fighters in Deir Ez Zor.

      Members of the LAF help Syrian refugees who fled Arsal.

      Members of the LAF help Syrian refugees who fled Arsal.

      Members of the LAF help Syrian refugees who fled Arsal.

      Members of the LAF help Syrian refugees who fled Arsal.

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