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News, November 2017
Death and Destruction Continue in Syria Until the Country No Longer Exists, Air Strikes, Shelling, and Fighting Everywhere
November 27, 2017
The following news stories are just examples of the daily horrors of war in Syria. Readers can find more detailed daily news stories at the sources below as well as many other sources in the internet.
The following are news stories from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) website (http://www.syriahr.com/en/):
53 persons including 22 members of the regime forces and the gunmen loyal to them, and about 5 citizens were killed yesterday by bombing and explosions.
The number of people who joined yesterday to the convoy of the Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution has increased to 4 persons including two fighters.
In Al-Raqqah province, two men were killed as a result of the explosion of mines in Al-Raqqah city, which is controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces.
And in Aleppo province, a fighter of a rebel faction was killed by the explosion of an IED in Al-Bab cityin the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo.
And in Idlib province a member of Al-Sham Corps was killed by the explosion of an IED in a motorbike, on the road between Kafr Rumah and Maarrat Al-Nu’man city.
While a woman and her daughter were killed to raise to 11 persons including a doctor, a child and two citizen women and another woman and her daughter, the number of casualties who were killed as a result of a massacre carried out by warplanes by targeting the river crossing between Hasarat area and the east of the Euphrates.
And the number of casualties of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, has increased to 181 members at least, including 67 Syrian members, and 15 members of the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the rest members are of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces and the Revolutionary Iranian Guards, Liwa Fatemiyoun, Al-Nujaba’ Movement, the Iraqi Hezbollah including a prominent officer in the Revolutionary Iranian Guards, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received confirmed information about the death of at least 30 others of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces in clashes in the vicinity of Al-Bokamal city, while there is information about the death of other members in the same clashes, and the casualties of the “Islamic State” organization of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities who were killed during the past 10 days in Al-Bokamal and its vicinity, has increased to 154 members.
And 5 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them died affected by the injury they had in shelling and clashes against the “Islamic State” organization and the factions.
And 4 fighters at least of the “Islamic State” organization of non-Syrian nationalities were found dead, as a result of clashes and bombing by warplanes and helicopters as well as shelling on their positions.
With shocking figures of the shelling and its results…the operations of the Eastern Ghouta complete the 9th day…more than 1100 shells and missiles…about 300 raids…nearly 100 civilian casualties and more than 370 wounded
The calm that prevails the Eastern Ghouta does not last for long, as the regime forces violate it by renewing their shelling on its cities and towns, by the artillery and rocket shells and aerial raids, which killed and injured hundreds during consecutive 9 days of the successive shelling by hundreds of missiles, shells and raids, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored this morning the 23rd of November 2017, that the warplanes renewed to intensify their raids targeting areas in the Eastern Ghouta, in which the Syrian Observatory documented targeting Harasta city and Mdira town by 13 raids, which caused material damage, without information about casualties until now, while the warplanes targeted Douma city which is controlled by Jaysh Al-Islam and which is its stronghold, by a shell, which resulted in the death of a citizen and the injury of 5 others with varying degrees of severity, and the warplanes carried out 4 raids on areas in Zamlka city which is the stronghold of Al-Rahman Corps in Al-Ghouta, while they targeted areas in Kafr Batna town by 2 raids which resulted in the injury of 2 persons, in conjunction with 4 raids on areas in Arbin city, and the warplanes also carried out a raid on Hamouriyah city, which caused material damage, while a child girl was killed by bombardment by the warplanes on areas in Misraba town, and the body of a child girl was extracted from the ruins of the destruction caused by the bombardment on Arbin city 3 days ago, while the fighting front has been witnessing calm for about 24 hours, intervened by sporadic clashes between the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them against the fighters of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar Al-Sham, in the vicinity of the Vehicle Department and inside it near Harasta city.
And with the death of more citizens the death toll raises to 96 casualties at least including 23 children under the age of eighteen, 10 citizen women over the age of eighteen and 4 members of the Civil Defense, the number of people who have been killed since Tuesday the 14th of November 2017, where 3 citizens including a child boy and a child girl were killed today, as a citizen was killed in raids on areas in Douma city, while a child girl was killed by raids on Misraba, and a child boy died affected by the injury he had by artillery shelling on Arbin city 3 days ago, while 3 children were killed on Wednesday; they are two brother children- a boy and a girl, were killed by artillery shelling by the regime forces on areas in Ein Tarma, and a 10-day-old baby girl died in Harasta city in the Eastern Ghouta, affected by the injury she had as a result of shell by the regime forces on areas in the city, while 3 citizens including a woman died on Tuesday affected by the injury they had by artillery and rocket shelling previously on Arbin city and Misraba town, 10 citizens including 4 children and 2 citizen women were killed on Monday, by artillery and rocket shelling on Arbin, Mdira, Hamuriya and Kafr Batna, while 17 citizens including a child were killed on Sunday, by artillery and rocket shelling on Douma, Misraba, Mdira, Hamuriya, while on Saturday at least 14 were killed including a child girl and 4 women as a result of raids on Mdira and Harasta, and artillery shelling on Hazza and Hamuriya, while 20 citizens including 6 children and 2 citizen women were killed on Friday, as a result of artillery, aerial and rocket shelling on Douma, Harasta and Arbin, while 14 citizens including 4 children and women were killed on Thursday, due to raids and land shelling on Arbin, Beit Sawa, Douma, Hamuriya and Ein Tarma, and the casualties who were killed on Wednesday, are 8 citizens including two children they were killed by raids and artillery shelling Arbin, Saqba, Hamuriya and Douma, while the casualties who were killed on Tuesday are 4 citizens were killed by shelling on Arbin and Mdira, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the injury of about 371 persons at least including tens of children and citizen women, some of them are still in serious situation, which may raise the death toll.
The intensive shelling that completed its 9th consecutive day since the regime forces started it, hit the towns and the cities of Douma, Harasta, Zamlka, Mdira, Misraba, Saqba, Hamouriyah, Arbin, Ashari, Beit Sawa, Hazza and Kafr Batna, Beit Nayem, Ashari in which the SOHR has documented that the regime forces targeted Harasta city and Mdira town with the vicinity of the Vehicle Department by more than 803 artillery shells and missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, since last Tuesday the 14th of November 2017, and the SOHR has also documented that 171 raids at least targeted Harasta city and Mdira town since Tuesday, and the SOHR has documented 141 raids at least hit the cities of Douma, Arbin and Zamlka as well as other areas in the Eastern Ghouta in the same period, while the number of shells and missiles that are believed to be ground-to-ground,fired by the regime forces and fell on the cities and the towns of Ein Tarma, Douma, Misraba, Saqba, Hamouriyah, Arbin, Ashari Farms, Beit Sawa, Hazza and Kafr Batna, has increased to 311.
Also the violent clashes that were accompanied with intensive targeting and shelling on the clash area, caused large human losses in the ranks of the both parties, in which the SOHR documented the death and the injury of tens of fighters of the Islamic Movement, in which the number of casualties of the regime forces and gunmen loyal to them who were killed in these clashes and the SOHR documented their death, has increased to 61 casualties at least including 13 officers including a general, while others were injured with varying degrees of severity.
59 persons including 12 members of the regime forces and the gunmen loyal to them were killed yesterday, and about 35 citizens were killed by bombing, targeting by the regime forces, explosions and other circumstances
The number of people who joined yesterday to the convoy of the Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution has increased to 36 persons including 12 fighters.
In Daraa province, 12 fighters of rebel factions were killed during clashes against the gunmen loyal to the regime forces in Al-Suwaidaa countryside.
And in Rif Dimashq province, 11 were killed they are; a man was killed by shelling by missiles believed to be ground-to-ground on Ein Tarma town, a woman was killed by rocket shelling by the regime forces on Jisreen town, 3 citizens were killed by air strikes on Harasta, Douma, and Ein Tarma, a man and 2 children were killed by air strikes on Arbin city, 2 children, one of them died affected by his injured in aerial shelling on Misraba and the other had his body recovered from the rubbles in Arbin, as well as third child died affected by the injury he had by raids on Hazza.
And in Al-Suwaidaa province, 7 citizens were killed, they are; 6 persons of one family including a citizen woman and two brothers, and another man, due to targeting a bus they were traveling in on the road between Harran and al-Duwayra villages in Al-Suwaidaa countryside.
And in Al-Raqqah province, 4 citizens were killed as a result of the explosion of mines in Al-Raqqah city, which is controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces.
And in Damascus province, a young man was killed due to the fall of a shell on al-Dwel’aa area in the outskirts of the capital.
And in Homs province, a young man died affected by the injury he had by the fall of shells last Sunday the 19thof November 2017, on the area of al-Matahen north of Homs city.
While the raids targeted Al-Asharah town, which killed two citizens at least and injured others with varying degrees of severity, while 8 persons were killed including a doctor, a child and two citizen women, as a result of a massacre carried out by warplanes by targeting the river crossing connects Hassarat area with the east of the Euphrates.
While a member of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham was killed by the explosion of a booby trapped motorcycle in a location of Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in the area of al-Azraq Factory north of Idlib.
And 12 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them died affected by the injury they had in shelling and clashes against the “Islamic State” organization and the factions.
And 10 fighters at least of the “Islamic State” organization of non-Syrian nationalities were found dead, as a result of clashes and bombing by warplanes and helicopters as well as shelling on their positions.
About 3 thousand citizens were killed by the International Coalition warplanes in Syria within about 10700 persons who were killed during 38 months of their military operations in Syria
Although the shrink of ISIS-controlled areas in the entire Syrian territory, and in the area of the operations of the International Coalition and its supported forces, the later continued its bombardment and killing the Syrian citizens, by bombing areas in Deir Ezzor and Al-Hasakah countryside by its warplanes, thus, the Syrian citizens became the victims of the bombardment by the International Coalition, the regime’s warplanes as well as the Russian warplanes, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented during the 38th month of the International Coalition’s operations between the 23rd of October 2017 and 23rd of November 2017, the death of 98 persons they are: 60 citizens including 4 children and 4 women, and at least 38 members of the “Islamic State” organization, raising the number of casualties documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights since the 23rd of September 2014 until today the 23rd of November 2017 to 10678 people, they were killed by airstrikes, bombing and raids by warplanes of the International Coalition, also these airstrikes have injured hundreds of other citizens and some of whom have had serious injuries, amputations and disabilities, they have also damaged private and public property.
Among the total number of casualties there are 2759 Syrian civilian citizens, including 644 children under the age of eighteen, and 470 citizen women over the age of eighteen, they were killed in the provinces of al-Hasakah, Al-Raqqah, Aleppo, Idlib and Deir Ezzor, including 58 persons including 6 children, a citizen woman and 19 unidentified persons were killed in targeting a call-for-Islam center in al-Jinah village in the western countryside of Aleppo, and more than 64 persons including 12 children, were killed in bombing by Coalition’s warplanes on al-Tokhar area in the northern countryside of Manbij, and 64 civilians killed in a massacre at the night of Thursday-Friday 30th/4 and 1st/5 of 2015 in the village of Bir Mahhalli near Sarrin town south of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) city as following: 31 persons under the age of eighteen (16 male and 15 female), 19 citizen women over the age of eighteen years, 13 men over the age of eighteen, and an eighteen years old boy.
154 persons of families of the “Islamic State” organization, they are 68 children under the age of sixteen, 57 women and 29 men, all of them were killed in airstrikes by warplanes of International Coalition on a building in al-Mayadin city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, and 42 prisoners who were killed by international coalition airstrike on Abu Abdullah Al-Nuaimi, who is a former leader in Nusra Front “Qaeda Organization in the Levant”, and who was executed by the “Islamic State” organization and took his house and turned it into a prison affiliated to the security services of the organization, which has been divided into main parts, one of them is for civilians and the other part is for the prisoners of the members of the organization, and a wife of a commander in the “Islamic state” organizing was killed with 4 of her children in bombing by the International Coalition’s warplanes on Dabeq area in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and the wife of a Kazakh commander was killed by strikes on Deir Ezzor.
Also 7255 members of the “Islamic state” at least were killed, most of them are not Syrians, including tens of leaders of Syrian, Arab and foreign nationalities, most notably Abu Omar al-Shishani, Abu Osama al-Iraqi the Wali of “al-Baraka State”, Amer al-Rafdan the former Wali of “al-Khair State”, the leader Abu Sayyaf, Aby Jandal al-Kuwaiti, Abu Sufiyan al-Omrani and Abu Huthayfa al-Orduni.
Also 141 fighters at least from Fath al-Sham Front were killed in the bombing by the International Coalition’s warplanes on headquarters of Jabhat Al-Nusra in the western countryside of Aleppo and the northern countryside of Idlib, the most prominent is the leader in al-Qaeda Muhsin al-Fadli, Abu Hamam the military leader in Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Omar al-Kurdi, Abu Hamza al-Faransi, Abu Qatada al-Tunusi and Abu al-Afghan al-Masri.
While 10 fighters from Jaysh al-Sunna were killed in the bombing of the International Coalition’s warplanes on their HQs in Atamah area in the countryside of Idlib, also a fighter from an Islamic Brigade was detained by the “Islamic state” killed in bombing by International Coalition’s warplanes on a headquarters for the “Islamic State” in the township of Ma’dan in the countryside of Al-Raqqah.
Also a media man works for agency belongs to the “Islamic state” was killed in airstrikes carried out by warplanes believed to be for the International Coalition on areas in the village of Tal Battal in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
While the international coalition warplanes killed 140 members at least from the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them by targeting the Artillery battalion and other sites in the vicinity of al-Thardeh Mountain in Deir Ezzor city, and al-Shayrat Airbase in the countryside of Homs and an area near al-Tanaf in the Syrian Desert.
And 157 of the jihadi groups were killed in shelling by warplanes of the International Coalition on Idlib Provinceand on the western countryside of Aleppo, including tens of the prominent leaders and field commanders and “international Jihadists”.
And 12 members at least of commanders and members of Jaysh Khaled Ibn al-Walid which swore allegiance to the “Islamic State” organization were killed in bombing by warplanes, but it is not known whether the warplanes belong to the International Coalition or not, where the warplanes targeted Jomla area adjacent to the administrative border with the Syrian occupied Golan, and other areas in al-Yarmouk Valley in the western countryside of Daraa.
We, in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, believe that the human losses in the ranks of the “Islamic State” and other Islamic factions are greater than the number we managed to document so far, because of the extreme secrecy by the targeted parties about their human losses.
We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and with the death of more than 3000 civilians including about 1250 children and women, we strongly condemn targeting civilians in anywhere and under any pretext and in any time by the international coalition and these parties, because they repeatedly went deaf in regard with the earlier persistent calls by the Observatory, the Observatory also renews the call to spare the civilians from any military action on the Syrian soil, because the sons of the Syrian people have had enough killing, where millions of them were killed, injured and displaced as the result of the shelling and bombing that targeted their areas, while the international community continues its horrifying silence towards the Syrian people’s pain and hopes of reaching the state of justice, equality, democracy and freedom, as well as punishing those who have killed and helped in the killing, and bringing them for justice in the specialized courts.
High resolution link of an Infographic about 38 months of the International Coalition’s bombardment on the Syrian territory and killing thousands of people including about 3 thousand citizens
The following are news stories from the US Department of Defense website (http://www.defense.gov/News) :
Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Nov. 24, 2017 —
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 10 strikes consisting of 14 engagements Nov. 10-23, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Operation Inherent Resolve Operation Inherent Resolve.
Officials reported details of the strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Yesterday near Abu Kamal in Syria, coalition military forces conducted a strike that engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on Nov. 22.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on Nov. 21.
On Nov. 20 near Abu Kamal in Syria, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of an engagement that destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
On Nov. 19 near Abu Kamal, two strikes consisting of two engagements damaged four ISIS tunnel systems.
Strikes in Iraq
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq yesterday.
On Nov. 22 near Qayyarah in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements that destroyed an ISIS headquarters and a vehicle-borne bomb factory.
On Nov. 21 in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS air defense headquarters, a fighting position and 22 ISIS-held buildings.
-- Near Rawah, three strikes destroyed two ISIS tunnels, two weapons caches and an ISIS bunker.
There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Nov. 20.
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