At least 329 Syrian civilians were killed in regime and Russian attacks in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus in two months despite de-escalation agreements, according to a London-based NGO.
Regime attacks in the district have killed 297 people in the period from Nov. 14 to Jan. 11, while 32 civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes in the same period, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a statement on Sunday.
In total, 79 children and 54 women were among the victims in the past two months, the NGO said.
According to the SNHR, eight mosques, four schools, six medical centers and 13 markets were destroyed in regime and Russian attacks in the same period.
The report cited that 20 massacres were committed by regime and Russian forces in Eastern Ghouta in the same period, 17 of which were carried out by regime forces.
Syrian tribes form 5,000 strong army to clear regions from PKK/PYD
A Tribes Army was formed in Syria in order to liberate regions east of the Euphrates occupied by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian affiliate, the PYD. The 5,000 strong army, which is called Jaysh Al-Ashayer in Arabic, will launch an official ‘war of liberation’ following a meeting that is slated to be held by the end of January. The army is shortly set to attract massive support from various tribes as it is expected to quickly expand its numbers. Meanwhile, Syria’s tribes founded commissions documenting the ethnic cleansing being carried out by the U.S. and PKK terrorists in regions under their occupation.Manbij businesses to close in protest of PKK/PYD‘We will continue to fight until Manbij is cleared’Acting in coordination with Turkey, the tribes launched the first wave of resistance in Manbij yesterday, following a meeting with the city’s tribal in Idlib that resulted in several accords, which culminated in popular protests in Manbij condemning PKK terrorists and the U.S. Under pressure from popular protests, U.S. soldiers were forced to evacuate their bases and escape outside the city. Some Kurdish tribes were also part of the accord reached in Idlib that vowed to keep fighting under the city is cleared from PKK/PYD terrorists, according to the head of the Supreme Tribes Council and Suhaayitat Tribe leader Sheikh Raif Abu Okle al-Rajaw.In November, business owner in Manbij staged a general strike to protest the forcible recruitments of young people by PKK/PYD.An Arab-populated city located on the west bank of the Euphrates river, Manbij remains under the control of the PYD, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and EU as well as Turkey -- resumed its armed campaign in July 2015. Since then, it has killed more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and children.Syrian tribes pledge support for Turkey, vow to liberate PKK/PYD-occupied regionsUS attempts to incite Syria’s Arab tribes against Turkish Army‘We will drive away the terrorists’ Syrian tribes also reject U.S. attempts aiming to sway the Arabs of Raqqa by promising Saudi funds that will allegedly by funneled to finance the rebuilding of the city’s infrastructure. The tribes stressed that before any investment of this kind can take place, the PKK/PYD occupation must be eradicated.US backs terrorist PKK/PYD's 'regular army' project
Russian airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Syria’s Idlib
Fourteen people have been killed in Russian airstrikes in Syria's Idlib province, a local defense source said.Mustafa Yusuf, chief of White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense agency, said at least nine people were killed and 10 wounded on late Friday in a strike in Idlib's Khan Assubul district by Russia.Yusuf added that strikes on residential areas of the province continued on Saturday."Today [Saturday] at noon, at least five people, including two women and one child, have lost their lives in the air attacks conducted by Russian warplanes in Idlib’s Kafer Battih and Sarjah,” he said.Rescue work in the area has ended and the wounded have been transferred to health centers, he added.A civil defense center in Arihah district was also damaged in the strike, he said.Turkish military convoy dispatched to Syrian borderRegime forces launch chlorine gas attack in Eastern GhoutaManbij civilians protest PKK/PYD killingsIdlib falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Turkish military convoy dispatched to Syrian border
A military convoy, which includes tanks, were dispatched Syrian border in Turkey's southern Hatay province, a security source said on Saturday.Anadolu Agency video footage shows a group of five tanks loaded on trucks and driven on an unpaved road.A military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said that the tanks were sent as reinforcements to the Turkish border units. Early on Sunday, an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the region said that the Turkish military hit several PKK/PYD targets in the Afrin district of Syria's Aleppo province to prevent a "terror corridor" from forming along Turkey's borders.The Turkish army fired at least 40 times during the artillery bombardment in Afrin’s five regions including Bosoufane, Jindires, Rajo. The Turkish artillery units hit PKK/PYD forces from Turkey's southern province of Hatay. The military operation follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call on PKK/PYD terrorists in the Afrin district of Syria's Aleppo province to surrender.Erdoğan said Saturday that any venture in the region "has no chance of success" if Turkey has no consent in it, referring to the PYD/PKK terror group's effort to settle in Syria's northern regions along the Turkish border.Turkey will interfere "if the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender," Erdogan also said, adding that Turkish forces "are destroying the western wing of this corridor with the Idlib operation".On Saturday, Turkish artillery units based in Turkey's southern Hatay province and Syria's Idlib hit PKK/PYD terrorist positions in Afrin's Bosoufane, Cindirese, Deir Bellout and Rajo districts, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents in the field.Erdoğan urges PKK/PYD terrorists in Afrin to surrenderThe PKK/PYD is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU. Since the PKK launched its terror campaign in 1984, an estimated 40,000 people have been killed in Turkey in related violence. Following a fragile cease-fire, the group resumed fighting in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, according to an official tally.
Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling siege by the Bashar Assad regime since late 2012. It falls within a network of de-escalation zones -- endorsed by Turkey, Russia and Iran -- in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.