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Thursday, January 3, 2013
FSA working to liberate Idlib – Sources

FSA working to liberate Idlib – Sources
03/01/2013 By Layal Abu Rahal
http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=32419

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat – According to information provided by the
opposition Local Coordination Council, the death toll in Syria yesterday
topped 160, whilst activists reported that nearly 40 people, including
women, had been arrested at a Syrian Army checkpoint. In addition to this,
the Syrian army renewed its shelling of Darya, Zamalka, Saqba and Douma in
the Rif Dimashq governorate.

The Syrian army also began to shell the town of Hajar al-Aswad and renewed
its shelling of Yarmouk Camp which resulted in a mass migration from the
area just one week after numerous families had returned. Yarmouk Camp is a
Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus that has been
repeatedly attacked by al-Assad regime warplanes throughout the recent
period. Yarmouk camp houses Palestinians in addition to Syrians who have
been displaced by the fighting.

Clashes intensified in Idlib governorate where Free Syrian Army [FSA]
members were able to bring down an al-Assad regime helicopter in Taftanaz.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian
rebels had attacked the Afis military air base just outside the city, with
Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman revealing that Wednesday’s attack was
the latest of several attempts to capture the air base. Adelrahman said that
the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham Brigade were among the units that took
part in this attack against the al-Assad-held air base, adding that both
sides suffered losses in the fighting.

Fighters on the ground informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the FSA is working to
“completely liberate Idlib governorate and purify it from regime forces,
particularly now that they are only present in three or four locations.”

The FSA fighters revealed that “Wadi Deif [military base] is surrounded and
heavy clashes are taking place there, whilst the Afiz military air base near
Taftanaz is witnessing daily violence and the al-Ramiyya camp remains in the
hands of the regime forces.”

The FSA sources also told Asharq Al-Awsat that Idlib governorate “occupies a
strategically important location and the majority of its residents
overwhelmingly support the revolution and the FSA.”

As for the reason behind Idlib governorate’s strategic importance, the FSA
sources related this to the governorate’s geographic location, describing
this as “a transit point between Turkey and the rest of the Syrian
governorates allowing the delivery of supplies and aid to reach the
Syrians.”

In addition to this, the village of Hamama in Jist al-Shagour was also
shelled on Wednesday, whilst clashes broke out on the outskirts of al-Rami
town in Jabal al-Zawiyah.

In Daraa governorate, the opposition Local Coordination Council reported
regime shelling of the city of Da’al and al-Malhiya al-Sharqiya. Regime
forces clashed with the FSA over army checkpoints in the region whilst the
al-Assad regime also heavily shelled the city of Busra al-Harir.

As for Hama governorate, the Local Coordination Council reported heavy
shelling of Latamina from a nearby town, as well as rocket-fire targeting
Halfaya resulting in a number of casualties. Halfaya was the scene of a
previous massacre last month that saw a government air strike targeting a
bakery resulting in a large death toll, with some sources reporting that up
to 200 people had been killed in the blast.

In Aleppo, heavy clashes continued between regime and rebel forces in Bustan
al-Basha. The Local Coordination Council reported that “warplanes fired on
the al-Jazmati and Tariq al-Bab districts” adding “clashes also broke out
between FSA and regime fighters in the area surrounding Dawar Shihan.” In
addition to this, the towns of Hayan and Andan were shelled by regime
forces.

In Homs governorate, violent clashes broke out at Krak des Chevaliers
[castle] between regime forces and the FSA. Krak des Chevaliers is a
crusader castle originally built in the early 11th century and viewed as
being one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. It
has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In addition to this,
regime shelling targeting the city of Homs reportedly led to a number of
casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “clashes
took place in Tilbisa, whilst the regime forces were reinforced along the
Damascus – Deir Ezzour road, accompanied by air support from regime forces
helicopters.”

MiG warplanes also launched air strikes against the Jabaliya district of
Deir Ezzour, accompanied by artillery fire targeting the districts of
Jabaliya, Hamidiya and al-Ardi.

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