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News, November 2019
New Russian Air Strikes on Idlib, 4th Brigade of the Syrian Army Forms an Ally Militia Called Capital Shield
November 30, 2019
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/):
The 4th Division of the Syrian army forms a militia under the name “Capital Shield” whose pillars are the settlement members of “Muadamiyat al-Sham” under command of the reconciliations coordinator in the city
Rif Dimashq Province –
Sources informed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that the “4th Division” which is affiliated to the (Syrian) regime and led by “Maher Al-Assad”, brother of the head of the Syrian regime, formed an ally militia of the people of “Muadamiyat al-Sham” in Rif Dimashq.
According to information obtained by SOHR; the “4th Division” has formed an ally militia under the name “Capital Shield” including young men of those who were former fighters in the ranks of opposition factions and struck “security settlement” deals, and the reconciliations coordinator in Muadamiyat al-Sham city has been assigned as its commander.
According to the sources of SOHR; the 4th Division turned in the posts spread at the outskirts of the city to the members of “Capital Shield”, with joint patrol to be run inside the city between the “Capital Shield” and members of the “4th Division”.
Injuries in the explosion of a booby-trapped car in the middle of Afrin city controlled by the Turkish Forces and factions of “Olive Branch” operation northwest of Aleppo
Aleppo Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: a violent explosion was heard in Afrin city which is under the control of the Turkish Forces and their loyal factions in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, and according to sources of the “Syrian Observatory,” the explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car that exploded near the Nirouz Roundabout, which injured several people and caused material damage in the place of the explosion.
The Syrian Observatory documented yesterday the death of a member of the Turkish-backed “Sham Corps” in an IED explosion in his car in Ashrafyyeh neighborhood in the middle Afrin city, which is controlled by the Turkish Forces and their loyal factions in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo.
Warplanes of the Russian “guarantor” bomb again Idlib Province, in conjunction with regime’s shelling southeast of the city
The Russian warplanes carried out several raids on the outskirts Maarrat al-Nu’man city and the vicinity of Shnan in the southern countryside of Idlib, while the regime forces shelled after the afternoon of Friday areas in Ma’aret Hurmah, Kafrsajna, and Sheikh Mustafa south of Idlib, and the contact areas with the factions and Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham in the southeastern countryside of Idlib.
The Syrian Observatory published hours ago that it monitored Russian warplanes carrying out raids in Kabani area in Jabal al-Akrad north of Latakia, and Sahl al-Ghab area in the northwestern countryside of Hama, in conjunction with their absence from the atmosphere of Idlib province for more than 12 hours.
In the same context, the Syrian Observatory documented the killing of at least 4 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them in clashes against the factions and the jihadi groups in Kabani area in Jabal al-Akrad, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation, as well as information about other casualties.
Regime’s warplanes and helicopters have finished their 1st months of the 6th consecutive year of escalating their shelling on the Syrian territory from east to west and from north to south, targeting the Syrian cities, towns, villages and farms, by tens of thousands of explosive barrels and raids, which cause great destruction in the infrastructure and the public facilities and material damage to the property of the citizens, leaving human losses in every time, but this month witnessed significant decline in death toll, in which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented since the 20th October 2014 until the 30th of November 2019, more than 156161 raids at least, carried out by the warplanes and helicopter of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, where the helicopters bombed the Syrian Territory by more than 76094 barrel bombs, while the warplanes carried out 80067 raids at least.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 10 citizens including a woman and 2 children in the 61st month since the 30th of July 2019 until the 30th of November 2019, and during the same period 16 fighters of the factions and jihadi groups were killed.
This violent bombardment in 61 months has killed thousands and injured tens of thousands, in tens of massacres witnessed in the Syrian cities and areas, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented since the 20th of October 2014 until the 30th of November 2019, the death of 13654 civilian citizens, they are 3154 children under the age of eighteen, 2084 citizen women over the age of eighteen and 8416 men, they have also injured more than 85 thousands other civilians during 61 months, where thousands of them have amputated limbs and permanent disabilities.
The raids, airstrikes and bombing also resulted in the death of at least 7861 fighters from the rebel and Islamic factions, Hayyaat Tahrir AL-Sham, ISIS, the Islamic Turkestan Party and several other factions. The raids, airstrikes and bombing also injured thousands of others.
While the death toll of civilians who were killed in airstrikes by warplanes and helicopters of the regime of Bashar al-Assad since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011 until the 30th of November 2019; have reached 26216 civilian casualties, they were: 16548 men, 5915 children under the age of eighteen and 3753 citizen women over the age of eighteen.
We in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, although the Russian side is continuing to declare allegations and lies which assert that its warplanes and rocket strikes did never kill citizens, still see that the Russian Federation – the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), is still continuing to kill Syrian citizens, amid the continuation of the International Community’s silence and ignorance about these massacres and crimes committed against the Syrian people, by Russia, which it carries out under the pretext of fighting “terrorism.”
The International Community did nothing except media condemnations through it and through its United Nations special envoy to Syria about the ongoing crimes committed against the Syrian people, and we, through publishing the documented statistics of human losses, which the civilian Syrians are their main victims due to the military operations in Syria, seeking to send a message to the international community, carried through the cries and pain of the Syrian people, perhaps these shocking statistics, cries and pain may move the conscience of this community to act for the immediate sopping of the ongoing murders against the Syrian citizens, and we renew our strong condemnation against killing citizens in Syrian, and call on the UNSC and the UN to work harder to stop the daily killing against the Syrian citizens who seek to reach a state of liberty, democracy, justice and equality, and to bring the criminals to the specialized international courts, so they get their punishment.
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