| 14.01,12. 01:31 PM |
Demonstrators Vow Support for syrian Army Defectors
The Syrian National Council announced that it agreed with the Free Syrian Army to activate and reinforce coordination efforts to better serve the Revolution. The first step taken was the establishment of an SNC liaison office at the FSA quarters to ensure direct communications. This development came after an SNC delegation led by Burhan Ghalioun held a meeting with an FSA delegation led by Riyad al-Asaad and his deputy Malek al-Kurdi. Political guidance classes will be held for the FSA officers, while cooperation on media and public relation efforts will be strengthened.
Assad’s forces killed at least 25 civilians today in what was deemed the Friday of the Free Army, named to support defections within the Syrian Army. Security forces killed nine soldiers who tried to defect, and arrested 15 children who have been chanting for defected soldiers in Haish in Idlib. In Daraa, hundreds of soldiers stormed the towns of Inkhel and Kafar Shamas and set up dozens of checkpoints before announcing the ban on congregational prayers at al-Omari mosque.
Assad’s forces launched a massive offensive against the Damascus suburbs of Zabadani and Madaya today, using the Fourth and Eighteenth Regiments, Flank 18, and Basel Assad regiment. The cities were heavily besieged and all roads were completely cut off, in addition to the cut-off of electricity and communications. Heavy artillery was used to randomly shell Zabadani after Assad’s troops failed to penetrate through the defences of the city. In Deir Azzour, the regime used hundreds of militiamen, mercenaries, and foreign elements to invade and lay full siege to all the neighbourhoods of the city.
Reports are being circulated concerning the regime’s intention to invade the neighbourhood of Baba Amr in Homs using 9000 soldiers and hundreds of tanks, armoured units, and rocket launchers. Other reports indicate that the Tenth Regiment and the regime’s militias present in Idlib are heading towards Hama.