19th/march/2012

Umayya for Researches and Strategic Studies

The Daily Monitoring Report
The Field Situation
- Many student demonstrations took place in Aleppo University in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Engineering. (Asharq AlAwsat)

Statistics

The Political Mobility
- Riad Al-Shaqfa, the mentor of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group in Syria, said" Al-Assad's regime has not been overthrown yet- in spite of the one-year period of protests against it- because of the support offered from Israel to that regime." (Al-Jazeera)

The Military Situation
- Violent clashes broke out between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Al-Assad's forces in Mezzeh district, Damascus. In addition, activists heard sounds of heavy artillery and rocket fire. Moreover, there was news about closing the side roads and cutting the general lighting in the same district. (The Kuwaiti Al-Watan, Reuters, AlJazeera, the Israeli Haaretz, Washington Post, Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth, Guardian, Telegraph, Russia Today) - Al-Assad's battalions launch many arrest-campaigns in Artouz City and Qatana city, Rif Dimashq. (Asharq Al-Awsat, the Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal) - About 200 military persons- from the third squad in Ruhaibeh city, Rif Dimashq- dissented from Al-Assad's detachments. (AlJazeera) - Clashes broke out between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and AlAssad's forces in Al-Khalidiya district, Homs after Al-Assad's forces tried to storm that district. Moreover, other clashes broke out in Rifai district, Homs after Al-Assad's forces tried to storm that district too. (Asharq Al-Awsat) - Military defectors exploded a bridge near Khirbet Ghazaleh City, Daraa with a view to preventing the arrival of reinforcements to the regime's forces. (Asharq Al-Awsat, London-based Al-Hayat, the Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal) - There were explosions in Sulaymaniyah, Alsakhur, Bustan AlBasha districts, in addition to the Criminal Security Branch in Ashrafieh district, Aleppo. (Asharq Al-Awsat)- Al-Assad's forces and shabiha (militia affiliated to Syrian regime) attacked student demonstrations and besieged them, then shot them in the campus of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Aleppo University. (Asharq Al-Awsat) - 15 persons affiliated to Al-Assad's forces were killed. In addition, many other people were injured due to clashes broke out with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Khirbet nuts village affiliated to Jissr Al-Shoghor City near the Turkish borders. (The Lebanese AlMustaqbal) - Chief of the Political Security Branch in Ar-Raqqah lieutenant colonel Omar Abou Rokba dissented, with a 22 elements, from AlAssad's forces. (Asharq Al-Awsat, the Kuwaiti Al-Watan) - Al-Qa'qaa Battalion affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) targets a bus carrying Al-Assad's shabiha (militia affiliated to Syrian regime) in Al-Qoria village, Deir ez-Zor in which AlAssad's battalions had previously conducted arrest-campaigns. (Asharq Al-Awsat) - The Israeli Haaretz newspaper said" Hundreds of Hezbollah Party's fighters have been trained to use surface-to-air missiles in Syria and Iran". Moreover, the newspaper said" The transfer of those missiles from Syria to Hezbollah has been continuing before the eruption of the revolution." (Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the Israeli Haaretz)

18th/Mar Martyrs: 67

The Internal Situation
- Al-Assad's shabiha and battalions handed over 66 corpses from Baba Amr district's victims to the families of the village of Buwaydah Al Sharqiyah who were ordered to bury them within one-hour's time in a mass grave. In addition, Al-Assad's shabiha and battalions handed over other 70 corpses from Baba Amr district's victims to the families of Kafr Aya Village. (Al-Jazeera) - For the second time and within only 4 days' time, a Turkish driver was killed through a gunshot targeted his car near Idlib city. (Asharq Al-Awsat) - Closely-related sources to the Turkish Foreign Ministry assert that Al-Assad's regime calls for exchanging the journalists kidnapped in Syria last week for a Syrian general who escaped to Turkey. (The Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal) - Turkish military forces for keeping order in the Syrian refugee camps detain three persons suspected to be spies in favor of AlAssad's regime. (Al-Quds Al-Arabi)

Activities of Civil Organizations
- Dr. Adnan Bin Khalil Basha, Secretary General of the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia (IIROSA), said" The IIROSA allocated 10 million riyals to offering aid for 3,500 Syrian families escaped to Lebanon. (Asharq Al-Awsat) Political Stances Arab - The Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, who won Nobel Peace Prize, visited a Syrian refugee camp in Hatay Province, Turkey and told masses of those refugees that the whole world knows that the Syrians have the right to that struggle and that all the Syrians' blood would not be in vain. (Al-Quds Al-Arabi)

International
- British ambassador to Syria Simon Collis "Calls for reassuring the minorities and the Alawis in Syria that they would not be harmed in the future". Moreover, he said" Britain does not intend to militarily intervene in Syria without reaching an international consensus on that matter and it should be also based on a legal base." (The Kuwaiti Al-Watan, Al-Quds Al-Arabi) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov unveils that the Russian officials- who recently had visited Damascustook promises from Al-Assad on tasking the Syrian vice president Farouk al-Shara'a with urgently going to Moscow -without any preconditions- for establishing dialogue with the internal and external opposition parties, including the Free Syrian Army. He also added that Russia would not give the green light to any external interference in Syria. (The Kuwaiti Al-Watan, AlJazeera, Russia Today)

This Report was issued by Umayya for Researches and Strategic Studies, and it contains pure news that do not reflect an opinion.

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