Month: December 2014

Syria Assad Regime orders Christmas Day strikes

Bashar al-Assad government stepped up air raids on December 25-27th, 2014
There have been unprecedented air raids across Syria in the last three days!
Helicopters and war planes dropped barrel bombs – steel drums full of shrapnel and explosives

470 air strikes on rebel-held areas in Syria!

Location: Insurgent-held eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus
Result: at least 110 civilians had been killed. Eleven civilians, mostly women and children, were killed by loyalist snipers when trying to leave a besieged rebel-held neighbourhood in the rural outskirts of Damascus.

Northern Syrian city controlled by Isis – on residential and industrial areas in the city of al Bab and neighbouring Qabaseen, northeast of Aleppo
Result: at least 45 civilians were killed and some 175 wounded


“People were going about scraping a living and there were no armed groups in the market, only poor people. Why is Assad killing us? May God bring vengeance on him,”said a resident of Qabaseen and a volunteer with the local civil defence group via Skype.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad dropped barrel bombs on Christmas Days

Syria dismisses foreign role in Russian-led peace talks

Syria President Bashar al-Assad

Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe

Syrian refugee fleeing by the sea

This is the story of five friends – Moaaz, Majd, Rasha, Kinan and Khalid – who fled war-torn Syria to embark on a perilous trip to reach Europe. So far this year an estimated 3,000 migrants have died attempting this same journey. On 16 August 2014 they set off from Syria to Lebanon, where they caught a flight to Algeria, to begin their journey. This film was filmed by Majd.

I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea!

Rising death toll of Syrian Refugees in the Mediterranean sea

Thousands of Syrian children risk drowning in Mediterranean this summer to reach safety of Europe

In the first seven months of 2014, more than 16,000 Syrians washed up in Italy, half of them men and nearly 5,000 of them children.
There were 27 people from my town who I knew on the boat that sank off the Libyan coast on 11th October 2013. One of them was my neighbour. They are all dead. Despite this, I wasn’t afraid to get on a boat and face the same fate. Death by death, we’ve tried new routes, because nobody wants Syrians anymore. Neither in Lebanon, nor Egypt nor Libya.” Abu Rabia, young refugee who survived the crossing.

Mohammed, a 22-year old from Damascus, Syria, told Amnesty International: “When we left Libya, we were 400 people with maybe 100 more children. We had to go on rowing boats to reach the bigger boat. At first I could not see the big boat, but when I saw it, it was bad. I did not want to board it, but the smuggler threatened me with a firearm. It took two hours to board everybody. At about 2am I heard gunfire. [A boat with armed men] placed themselves in front of our boat. They kept trying to stop the boat for about four hours. They shot from many sides. When it dawned, they left. The damaged boat was swaying. We threw all our bags in the sea, including the life jackets – we wanted to live!”
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says more than 2,500 people have drowned or been reported lost at sea this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.

In one of the deadliest wrecks on record, a ship carrying some 500 migrants — including Syrians, Palestinians and Egyptians — was deliberately sunk by traffickers off Malta earlier this month, leaving just 10 known survivors.
“No child forced to flee violence and persecution should then have to risk his or her life on this perilous sea crossing,” says Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children.


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Thousands of Syrian children risk drowning in Mediterranean this summer to reach safety of Europe

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Stop Syria Assad Regime Torture Syrian Children

Syria Assad Regime deliberately targeted children!

Syria’s children’s basic rights was denied (food, water & medicine), they are suffering in silence!

“Syria’s children have been silently witnessing and experiencing the horrors of the war and its consequences for more than three years. Many have not been to school for years. But they are the future of Syria and we need to offer them hope and support”, said ECHO’s Jane Lewis. The conflict in Syria has lasted for three years, eight months and five days – the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times. It has caused immense human suffering and children are the biggest victims.

These children are deprived of the very basic rights the Convention is meant to guarantee, including the right to go to school and the right to protection”, said ECHO’s Jane Lewis.

At least 1.6 million children have fled the conflict, and become refugees in neighbouring countries, while more than five million children are in need of humanitarian assistance.

“With every day that goes on in this conflict, Syrian children are denied the little big things that make up childhood; the safety of home, the comfort of friends to play with, dreaming about the future while enjoying the present. All of that is put on hold or erased forever because someone, somewhere, decided this was not a priority”, said Roger Hearn, of Save the Children.

Stop Syria Assad Regime Torture Syrian Children

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Syria President Bashar al-Assad

Syria Assad Regime Continue Air Raid on Christmas Day

42 regime air raids on East Ghouta on Christmas day 26-12-2014. Over 200 civilians dead and wounded in Aleppo air raids, including many children

Syria Assad Regime dropped bombson populated area on Christmas day

26-12-2014: Assad’s warplanes and helicopter gunships carried out 42 air raids on towns and villages across the East Ghouta region of Damscus province on Christmas day, with targets including Deir al Asafir, Douma, Duwair and Harasta, resulting in large numbers of casualties. The regime air force also targeted Jobar in Damascus with four air raids.

In Aleppo province, more than 200 civilians were killed or wounded in multipe air strikes on the towns of Al Bab and Kobasi, according to locals speaking to the Syria Direct network . Another 36 civilians, mostly children, died in local field hospitals of wounds sustained in the air raids on the two towns, according to the ‘Medecins Sans Frontiers’ organisation.

The regime airforce also carried out dozens of air raids on villages in Idlib province using TNT-filled barrel bombs.

In Hama province, meanwhile, the Hama Media Centre reported that regime helicopter gunships dropped more than 15 TNT-filled barrel bombs on the towns of Kafr Zita and Al-Latamneh, as well as villages in the surrounding hills, including Karoum, Bazaq and Jubaa.
The regime air force also carried out 18 air raids on villages in Quneitra province, with heavy fighting continuing between regime and resistance forces in rural areas of the province.

Meanwhile in Daraa province, Assad’s helicopter gunships dropped four more barrel bombs on Bosr al Harir.

In Homs province, many people were wounded, mostly children, in regime warplanes’ and helicopter gunships’ bombardment of the town of Rastan, while in Talbiseh, also in northern Homs province, Assad’s air force and ground forces subjected the town and surrounding areas to its east to heavy bombardment.

Syria Bashar al-Assad

Syria Assad Bombing Continue on Christmas Day

Evil Syria Bashar al-Assad gives Syrian a Merry Christmas Barrel Bombs!

Published on Dec 25, 2014
Rastan, ‪#‎Homs‬ province, 25-12-2014 (with two videos): The field hospital in Rastan in Homs province is again crowded with wounded children as Assad’s ground forces continue their relentless mortar and heavy artillery bombardment of homes in the already devastated town.

The Voice of Aleppo

Syrian civilians are living in constant fear!

Published on Mar 10, 2014

The Syrian conflict has entered its fourth year. The regime forces have been continuing to massacre civilians without discriminating any children, women and old ones. Meanwhile, IHH aid teams are still struggling to reach Syrians in need. This documentary shows the efforts of IHH teams and the challenges confronted.

Left Out in the cold: Syrian refugees abandoned by the international community

Syria Bashar al-Assad Regime:You want freedom! This is your freedom, Homeless and Stateless!

Registered Syrian Refugees: 3,217,906 (Dec 23, 2014)

The Gulf states– which include some of the world’s wealthiest countries – have not offered to take a single refugee from Syria so far. The complete absence of resettlement pledges from the Gulf is particularly shameful. Linguistic and religious ties should place the Gulf states at the forefront of those offering safe shelter to refugees fleeing persecution and war crimes in Syria.”

The lack of international support has had disastrous consequences with the five main host countries, who are currently hosting at least 95 per cent of Syria’s refugees, seriously struggling to cope. Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have imposed severe restrictions on the entry of refugees in recent months leaving many trapped in Syria at serious risk of abuses by government forces or at the hands of the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) and other armed groups.

If a tiny country with a weak economy and huge debt like Lebanon can accommodate an increase of a quarter of its population others can certainly be doing more to help.”

Syria 3 1//2 years civil war creates 3 million refugees by Assad Regime

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The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

The 13.6 million include 7.2 million displaced within Syria – an increase from a long-held U.N. estimate of 6.5 million, as well as 3.3 million Syrian refugees abroad, 1.9 million displaced in Iraq and 190,000 who have left to seek safety.

The Syrian Pianist Aeham Ahmad

A message from Yarmouk Camp.

Ayham al-Ahmed, a resident of Damascus’ Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, plays the piano in the middle of the street near destroyed buildings.

SYRIA Patriarch Francis Describes the Bad Situation in Besieged Homs

Father Frans Van Der Lugt, 75, Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. He was born in Holland but lived in Syria since the 1960s. Despite the siege, Father Frans refused to leave his beloved Homs, choosing to remain there in solidarity with other residents. In Jan 2014 he spoke out against the siege imposed by the Assad regime and appealed for humanitarian access to ease the suffering of the people. On 7 April 2014, Father Frans was assassinated by a gunman who entered his monastery.

Father Fran: “I don’t see Muslims or Christians, I see, above all, human beings,” he said, who “hunger to lead a normal life.” How can I leave? This is impossible.

Published on Jan 29, 2014

Patriarch Francis talks on behalf of Christians and Muslims about the bad situation and the deteriorating life in the neighborhoods of besieged Homs by the militia of Bashar Al-Assad. People in the old city of Homs suffer from sever hunger and deterioration of medical treatment. They appeal to the international community to break the siege imposed on the besieged neighborhood.