The oldest populated city in the world under fire… Summary of field events in the capital Damascus on Tuesday 17/07/2012
A military campaign on the districts of the capital Damascus continues for the third day in a row. Today the campaign has been focused on Al Qaboun since night time, where regime forces began cordoning off the area from all directions. Then, extremely heavy mortar and tank shelling started, alongside the participation of helicopter shelling.
Security forces and the army remain deployed, accompanied by tanks and armoured vehicles, in Al Midan district, where clashes take place from time to time.
For the first time, clashes took place in Al Mazra’ah area in the centre of Damascus, in the vicinity of the headquarters of the Ba’ath party, in addition to clashes in Barzeh, Al Tadamon, Al Zahirah, Mukhayam Yarmouk [Yarmouk camp], Al Qadam, Al Asali, Naher Eishe and other areas.
Regime forces brought in large reinforcements of soldiers, armoured vehicles and tanks inside the capital, with a spreed of checkpoints and blocking off roads leading to security centres in most areas of the capital. Reinforcements were also brought to entrances of the capital that link it to the suburbs.
Some of the clips from the capital today
-Very important – military reinforcements enter Damascus 17/07/2012
-Impact of the indiscriminate mortar shelling:
Martyr from Egypt who died by a sniper shot from Assad’s security:
Injury of one of the residents:
Sounds of helicopter shelling:
Smoke billowing as a result of the shelling on one of the houses by helicopters:
Martyr Abdulhadi Abdulhay, killed by a bullet:
Letter from the Free Syra Army to Assad’s battalion:
Artillery pounding the district and heavy smoke billowing:
Another clip of the crimes that the district is experiencing done by the Republican Guard:
Hundreds of shabeeha [regime forces] enter the district from the Palestine branch:
Tanks in the centre of the capital:
Shabeeha [regime forces] fire bullets:
Bullets of hatred from Assad’s forces:
Clouds of smoke fill the sky of the capital with sounds of shooting:
The shelling that the district is experiencing by Assad’s gangs since today morning:
Smoke from the very strong explosion that was heard in the late afternoon today:
–Important: Regime fire onto the Othman Bin Affan Mosque in the neighborhood
–Fire opened from war planes onto Al-Qaboun as the calls to prayer are made
–Songs for the revolution are heard from the minarets of the mosques
–Shops on strike
–Regime shelling onto the neighborhood with mortar shells has left 4 women injured and a member of the Free Syrian Army too. A child was killed due to a shrapnel to the head.
–The graffiti man battalion today went round and sprayed the roads as well as covering photos of Assad. In support of Almidan.
–Spread of armoured tanks and vehicles as the regime forces besiege the neighborhood
–A protest in support of Midan and Asali neighborhoods
–A strike in Medhat Basha Souq in support of Midan and Qaboun
–Cutting the road to Kafarsouseh Square in Midan neighborhood