| 15.01,12. 01:48 PM |
France 2 Raises Doubts about the Regime’s Account of Jacquier’s Death
Farah News Online:The manager of France 2 Television declared that the French journalist who was killed in Homs, Gilles Jacquier, initially refused to head to Homs but was pressured by the regime to either go to Homs or be deported. The manager’s statements raise serious doubts and suspicions over the narrative broadcasted by the regime for Jackie’s death. Furthermore, only the regime knew about the visit of the journalists, and all soldiers commissioned with protecting the journalists suddenly disappeared as soon as the explosions began. The regime is seen by many analysts to be the only one bound to gain from the death of Jackie in order to send a threatening message to journalists to stay away from Syria. Most journalistic reports about the incident are conflicting: the BBC reporter -who was recalled after complaints of his complicit relationship with the regime- said that journalists were attacked with RPGs, a Belgian reporter said they were hand grenades, the regime’s SANA news agency said it was mortar shells, and a fourth journalist -who was accompanying Jackie- voiced concerns about the whole operation being an ambush as journalists were manipulated and three Syrian television camera crews arrived at the scene within seconds.
One of the most significant news reports from inside Syria today was the raising of the independence flag on the highest flagpole in Idlib, as a sign of liberation. Meanwhile, the tenth battalion forces -that committed the Kafr Awaid massacre in Idlib- have besieged the city of Kafarnabouda along the Hama-Idlib borders.
Security forces killed at least ten today; most fell in the Damascus suburb of Zabadani which had been undergoing a military campaign and heavy random artillery shelling for two days. Assad’s forces are still trying to enter the city but the civilian defence forces have kept them at bay. Meanwhile, the penetration regiment stationed by the city witnessed many defections, causing clashes with the regime loyalists.
Death continues to follow in the trail of the Arab League’s Observers Mission, as security forces opened fire at demonstrators who gathered to welcome the Observers in Saraqeb in Idlib today, killing a civilian and injuring many. Meanwhile, the media war between the Mission and Anwar Malek, an Observer who defected, continues. On one hand, Malek said the regime is distracting observers with call-girls sent to their hotel rooms and on the other hand the Mission director al-Dabi claimed Malek never left his hotel room even though Malek appeared in videos from besieged areas in Homs.
The regime began to execute Baath Party members who voice their support for the revolution, then turn around to blame executions on “terrorists”. Demonstrations at the University of Aleppo continued despite arrest, torture, and random suspension from the University of students who not only protest but merely browse social networking websites.