Just Another Day of Mass Murder in Syria
The Strategic Research & Communication Centre is is an academic outfit that studies Syrian politics and society. They are not impartial in the current civil war, favoring the rebels as they do, but neither are they propagandists. Their reporting on the war has been invaluable to those who want more than the headlines from the mainstream media.
Every day, we receive an email updating the news from inside Syria. Their reporting is based on many sources, and while we can't vouch for each and every news item, it's safe to say we are getting better information from SRCC than from the Syrian government, or rebel PR firms based in Turkey.
Here's a portion of the email we received today:
The rebels seized control of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in the southern part of Damascus after three days of heavy fighting with the Palestinian armed militia from the pro-Assad Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The fight ended after reaching an agreement on the complete withdrawal of the Palestinian side. The fighting coupled with violent shelling by regime forces pushed hundreds of families out of the camp amid fears of a looming massacre as the regime brought in reinforcements in preparation for retaking the camp.
Rebel commander, Colonel Ahmad Berry announced the beginning of a major offensive to 'liberate" the province of Hama where dozens of rebel fighters and army soldiers were killed after heavy fighting that erupted in the provincial towns of Helfaya and Kaferzeita. The rebels seized control of the premises of the 35th brigade where they captured ten fully-equipped military tanks. They also kept advancing in Aleppo, taking control of two more air defence bases in the provincial towns of Hendarat and in the eastern suburb of Hos.
Regime forces shelled as many as 248 different areas, using all sort of heavy weaponry including cluster and phosphorous bombs as well as barrel bombs. Some 74 areas were shelled by mortar shells and 121 others were pounded by heavy artillery. More than 53 areas came under rocket shelling as fighter jets bombarded more than five others.
Regime forces killed at least 144 people, including nine children, eight women and 53 rebel fighters.
They killed 45 people in Damascus and its suburbs, the majority of whom died due to the heavy shelling in the neighbourhood of Hajar Aswad and the Yarmouk refugee camp as well as in the provincial towns of Sbeneh, Daraya and Yalda. Meanwhile, seven people were summarily executed in the Damascus suburbs of Adra and Seidi Moqdad. At least 36 people were killed in Daraa, 12 of whom were executed in the Refugee Camp in the city of Daraa while two women and two children were killed when a mortar shell landed in an olive grove in the town of Taffas.
Regime forces also killed 21 people in Aleppo, including seven rebel fighters as well as four civilians who were executed in the neighbourhood of Aameriya. They killed 15 people in Idlib, ten in Hama and many others in Deir Azzour, Homs and Raqa.
They also publish an updated casualty count every day:
Syrians killed: 49,809
Children killed: 3,730
Females killed: 3,727
Soldiers killed: 5,602
Protesters killed under torture: 1320
Protesters currently incarcerated: +216,000
Syrians injured: +137,000
Syrian refugees since March: +520,540
Refugees in Turkey: +141,240
Refugees in Lebanon: +157,845
Refugees in Jordan: +148,592
Refugees in Iraq: +66,048
Refugees in North Africa: +6,815
The casualty count is probably as accurate as you're going to get. It is based on media reports inside Syria, reports from the usually reliable Local Coordination Committees, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in London.
If you want to know what's happening in Syria, go to the SRCC site and read the daily reports.