Syria Update, December 7, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies)
Syrians are running out of bread, due to flour and fuel shortages.
French philosopher Vilmer calls for arming the opposition: http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2012/12/07/il-faut-armer-les-rebelles-syriens_1801508_3232.html
Early death toll: 70, including 21 unarmed civilians (4 children), 32 opposition fighters, 1 defected soldier and 16 government soldiers.
Yesterday’s death toll: 83.
Aleppo province: The bodies of 2 civilians were discovered in al-Seryan in Aleppo. They had been detained earlier at a security checkpoint. Clashes occurred in Layramoun and near the Syrian airforce intelligence branch.
The Syrian military shelled the town of Batron, and towns in the western countryside of the province.
Damascus province: An explosion took place in Mazzeh, probably from a mortar shell. A sniper seriously wounded a child in Barzeh. The Syrian military shelled the southern neighborhoods of Damascus in the morning. The Syrian military fired rockets on al-Qaboun and gunfire was heard there, and unconfirmed reports say clashes were fought there.
Heavy fighting continued into the evening near the Damascus airport.
The Syrian military shelled the town of Yabrud killing one man and injuring others. The Syrian military shelled the town of Heran al-Awamid. Clashes took place in Irbeen killing one opposition Clashes took place near the town of Beit Sahm. The Syrian military shelled the town of Hosh Arab. Clashes were fought between the opposition and regime forces between the cities of Harasta and Irbeen, and the regime forces were shelling the area. 3 opposition fighters were killed in Irbeen. A sniper killed 1 man in Mu’adamiyya. The Syrian regime shelled the cities of al-Zabadani and Douma in the morning hours. Five people were killed in the regime’s shelling of the Damascus neighborhood of Daraya
Dara`a province: The Syrian military shelled the town of al-Mzeyrib and the refugee camp in the city of Dara`a . The Syrian military shelled the towns of Yaduda and Tal Shehab killing 3 children. Syrian regime forces killed one person in Tafs. Two men were found dead on the road to Tsil after being shot by Syrian government forces.
Deir az-Zur province: Fifty mutilated dead bodies were found near Mujamaa al-Koukh in Deir az-Zur
Hama province: A sniper shot one civilian in the Tariq Halab neighborhood of Hama. In clashes in that neighborhood, an opposition fighter was killed.
Hassake province: The Syrian security forces killed 1 Syrian Kurdish civilian in the city of al-Hasakah. Clashes occurred after midnight in the city of al-Hasakah when opposition fighters attacked the square where Hafez al-Assad’s statue stands. 1 opposition fighter and 2 government soldiers were killed. The security forces moved through the city afterwards. Clashes continued between fighters of the al-Sharabin tribe and opposition fighters who attacked the al-Sharabin village of al-Manajeer.
Homs province: A shell hits a mosque as the khatib delivers the sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AiEqpyapqc
Idlib province: The Syrian military shelled the town of Meerata causing casualties. others were wounded in the Syrian regime’s shelling of the Idlib town of Meerata. Clashes took place near the southern entrance to Ma`arat al-Nu`man. 5 Syrian government soldiers and 11 opposition fighters were injured.
Clashes broke out near the Hamidiyya checkpoint and near the village of Bseida.
Quneitra province: An opposition fighter from Jasim was killed in clashes in the province today.
al-Raqqa province: An opposition fighter died of wounds received in clashes with Syrian forces near the Tal al-Samen checkpoint.
In Turkey, Syrian rebel groups elected a unified command made up of 30 members at meetings attended by security officials from the U.S., Britain, France and the Gulf. They intend to elect a leader and political liaison offices for each area of Syria. This takes place ahead of a scheduled Friends of Syria conference.
Dutch Foreign Minister, Frans Timmermans said that his government has approved NATO’ request that it send two batteries of Patriot missile systems to Turkey. Germany has already agreed to NATO’s request.
French military advisors met with the Syrian opposition inside of Syria according to Le Figaro.
UN Relief and Works Agency chief Filippo Grandi said that the
half million Palestinian refugees now in Syria should keep apart fro the country’s conflict and their neutrality should be respected. (However, PFLP fighters have been pursuing the Syrian opposition along with the Syrian government and other Palestinians are fighting with the Syrian opposition. The Syrian military has frequently shelled Palestinian residential areas.)
A spokesman for the Jordanian army said that the border near Tel Shihab saw heavy fighting between the Syrian government forces and the Free Syrian Army. Shells and bullets were fired across the border, and a Jordanian soldier was wounded.