Syrian regime perpetrates its first massacre in Raqa province
At least 55 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the Raqa suburb of Ain Eissa when regime fighter jets shelled a petrol station crowded with cars and people, making it the first massacre in this province since the uprising erupted 18 months ago. And as rebel fighters stormed the political security branch in the Raqa province of Tal Abyad they found 15 bodies that were summarily executed by regime forces. Regime forces also stormed the national hospital in Raqa city and arrested a number of injured civilians.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the city of Raqa to condemn the regime’s crimes against unarmed civilians; meanwhile, rebel fighters seized control of the Raqa suburb of Tal Abyad after storming the political and military security branches.
The Syrian National Council officially declared the southern neighbourhoods of Damascus as “disaster areas” whereby regime force continued carrying out sweeps, arson, arbitrary arrests and summary executions.
While rebels said they shot down a helicopter gunship in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Regime’s artillery pounded the provincial towns of Erbin, Douma, Zabadani, Thiyabiya, Hejeira, Ghazal and Bowayda and carried out summary executions in the towns of Bowayda, Yalda and Bait Jen.
Massive floods swept through the neighbourhood of Qadi Askar in Aleppo city due the indiscriminate shelling of the city’s main water pipes. The indiscriminate shelling by heavy artillery and fighter jets also targeted the neighbourhoods of Marjeh, Masaken Hanano, Kalaseh and the provincial towns of al-Bab, Ezaz, Atareb, Kafahamra, Indan, Hayan, Tal Refaat and Baza’aa leaving scores of people dead and many more wounded. Meanwhile, heavy clashes continued in several neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo as the rebels continued advancing in the neighbourhood of Saladin forcing regime forces to retreat. Regime forces also raped and murdered two women in the neighbourhood of Bustan Qaser.
Member of the Kurdish National Council Mahmoud Wali was assassinated by regime forces in his hometown of Raas Ain in the province of Hasaka.
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 old city of Homs and its provincial towns of Rastan, Houleh and Talbiseh in addition to the villages of Bowayda Sharqiya and Abel leaving scores of civilians dead and many more wounded. They also shelled the Hama suburb of Kaferzeita in addition to carrying out sweeps and arbitrary arrests in a number of neighbourhoods in Hama city.
Regime forces also shelled the neighbourhood of Al-Sad Road in the city of Daraa as well as its provincial towns of Herak, Yadouda, Bosra, Tafas, Wadi Yarmouk, Khirbet Ghazaleh and Mzereib. They also shelled the neighbourhoods of Ommal, Hamidiya, Jbaila, Ba’ajin and Kanamat in the city of Deir Azzour and its provincial towns of Boukamal, Mohasan, Mayadin, Boleil and Dahla in addition to the Idlib suburbs of Jabal Zawiya, Sarmin, Saraqeb and Taftanaz.
Fierce fighting erupted was reported between rebel fighters and regime forces in the southern Qunaitera suburbs of Jubata Khashab, Tarnaja and Tal Hamriay as well as the Hasaka suburb of Shadadi and near the international road in the Daraa suburb of Mhajeh.