Free Syrian Army offers $25 million bounty for Assad
Ahmad Hijazi, a commander with the rebel Free Syrian Army has offered a $25 million bounty for anyone who captures Bashar Assad alive or dead; he also said the money for the bounty had been set up with donations from anti-Assad business people working both at home and abroad in order to motivate those in Assad’s inner circle to do it.
This comes as the rebel fighters attacked a border post with Turkey in the Hasaka suburb of Tal Abyad in an attempt to capture it. Clashes caused light damage to the houses in the neighbouring Turkish town of Akakali.
Regime forces summarily executed more than 20 civilians in the neighbourhood of Hajar Aswad and four others in the neighbourhood of Qadam in Damascus following a fierce shelling by mortar shells, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships whereby they faced strong resistance by the rebel fighters who continued to fight for their stronghold.
At least seven civilians were killed in each of the Damascus suburbs of Thiyabiya and Maliha due to the fierce and indiscriminate shelling by regime forces. Several more civilians were murdered by regime forces in the Damascus suburbs of Zamalka, Moadamiya, Hazeh and Zakia while others died and more were injured due to the indiscriminate shelling in the suburbs of Sbeneh, Douma, Moadamiya, Zabadani and Eastern Ghouta.
Fighter jets intensified their attacks on residential areas throughout the country killing at least 15 civilians and wounding dozens more in the Deir Azzour suburb Sour, while 16 others of which 5 children and 5 women were killed in similar attacks on the Idlib suburbs of Kafartakharim, Fatira, Kansafra and the village of Tal Sultan.
Fighting continued in several neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo as regime forces continued pounding the neighbourhoods of Sakhour, Masaken Hanano, Ferdous, Arqoub, Karm Jabal, Marjeh, Furqan and Kalaseh as well as the provincial towns of Deir Hafer, Qabtan Jabal, Tal Refaat, Hayan, Hretan and Safeera leaving a number of civilians dead and many wounded.
Regime forces also continued their massive military offensive throughout the country, killing dozens of civilians, wounding hundreds others and forcing thousands of them to flee their homes. They fiercely shelled the Hasak suburbs of Solouq, Tal Abyad and Ain Arous and the neighbourhoods of Khaldiya, Jouret Sheyah and the old city of Homs as well as its provincial towns of Talbiseh, Ghanto, Bowayda Sharqiya, Rastan and Qosayr. They shelled the neighbourhoods of Hamidiya, and Sheikh Yasin in the city Deir Azzour as well as its provincial town of Boukamal. They also bombarded the Hama suburbs of Jabal Shahshabo, Sahl al-Ghab, Kaferzeita, Arbaeen, Zakat and Jabeen.
They shelled the Daraa suburbs of Mataya, Tal Shihab, Yadouda and the Lajat district besides carrying out sweeps and arbitrary arrests in the neighbourhoods of Matar and Kashef in the city of Daraa. A massive explosion rocked a military base in the suburbs of Daraa.