Syria 2nd Update 29 July (IMEISS …. Sherifa Zuhur)
Sunday’s death toll is now 114
Updated death toll for Saturday is more than 180
Late Sunday night a Syrian intelligence officer claimed that the SAA had taken back the Salahaddin area of Aleppo. Reuters journalists could not confirm that this was true, and the SOHR claimed that fighting was continuing in the area, and that the opposition had held off the government’s ground offensive, and close to midnight the government had paused in its effort. Today in Aleppo there were heavy clashes in Arkub, Bab al-Hadid, Zahraa, and al-Hindrat camp and shellings. Helicopter gunships were sighted in Saif al-Dawla and Salahaddin
Nabil ElAraby, who heads the Arab League said the AL supports the calls from the Syrian opposition for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting concerning the situation in Aleppo, where the Arab League believes that war crimes are being committed. Arab League representatives plan to visit Russia and China to try to convince them not to veto emergency action.
Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood said that Bashar al-Assad is “legally and morally responsible for the death of every victim in Syria;” that Iran and Russia were “drowning the blood of the Syrian people” and that Sergei Lavrov (the Russian Foreign Minister) had given “Assad the green light to carry out a massacre.” Also that the international community is a partner to this violence because it has stayed silent for too long. It warned of a massacre in Aleppo and pointed out that Assad had failed to deliver basic services to much of Aleppo’s population.
Syrian troops killed two men who tried to cross in Jordan.
The opposition took over the hated and feared military intelligence headquarters in al-Bab in northern part of the province of Aleppo. Several members of military intelligence have become prisoners of the FSA there.
The SAA killed 21 in Shaykh Maskeen in Dara`a.
By late morning, the SAA had killed 21 in Idlib and near Damascus.
The SAA shelled al-Harak, al-Yaduda, and Khirbet Ghazali in al- Dara`a.
The SAA shelled al-Rastan, al-Khaldiya, and Houla in Homs.
The FSA liberated a building in the Bab Hood neighborhood of Homs after heavy fighting.
The Syrian opposition has again called on the U.N. Security Council to hold an emergency session to discuss the fighting in Aleppo.
The head of the SNC, Abd al-Basset Sida said that talks will be held in two weeks to create a transitional government in Syria that could replace Assad’s.
The Syrian foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem held a joint press conference with the Iranian foreign minister. Al-Moallem stated that Syria has sufficient defenses (with or without weapons of mass destruction [a reference to chemical weapons]) to defeat the “terrorists” and “plots” and at the same time blamed the conflict on U.S., Western and Arab countries. The Iranian foreign minister said that a managed transfer of power in Syria would be an “illusion.”
Borders: Syrian border guards killed opposition fighters who attempted to cross from Turkey into Syria in the Ayn Bayda area near Jisr al-Shughur.
Refugees: About 12,000 have fled Syria for Algeria. The Syrian opposition said there are already about 18,000 to 20,000 Syrians in Algeria.
Jordan officially opened its first refugee camp for Syrians in that country.