SYRIA: Government forces airstrike the northern countryside targeting civilians

A Syrian government Jet targeted the market place of the Marea Township on Friday morning October 12, 2012; which is situated in the northern countryside of Syrian Arab Republic,...

A Syrian government Jet targeted the market place of the Marea Township on Friday morning October 12, 2012; which is situated in the northern countryside of Syrian Arab Republic, leaving the crime scene without any casualties nor injuries. Friday collective prayers in Marea Mosques, are cancelled fro security reasons.
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As the military aircraft left the crime scene, a rain of shells and mortars were launched by the Military Academy “Mushat Medrese” which is situated around 30/km in the southern bank of Marea, the township of the Syrian Arab Republic northern countryside, injuring 5 civilians including 3 children from 9 to 12 age doctors confirmed in the Marea civilian makeshift hospital. I witnessed two of the children being hospitalized in the hospital a girl aged 12 as well as a boy of 10yrs. Two injured civilians were transported immediately to turkey, as their life matter remained to be in a high risk.
Last night, Syrian Army launched a rain of shells in TallRifat, the township that is also situated in the northern countryside of Syria. Heavy ground artillery were launched by the military academy of rangers, otherwise known as ‘Mushat Medrese’.

There are no reports for casualties as it is almost impossible to verify and drive to TallRifat as a military aircraft such as Helicopter is conducting air patrol, which potentially could target possible vehicles that may be driving to TallRifat.

Telecommunication is already cut off for the city, which for three hours was under the heavy ‘rain’ of shells. Last week I witnessed that lot of civilians are returned back on their houses.
There are no reports for casualties as well as injuries.
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The conflict began on 15 March 2011 with public demonstrations as part of the wider Arab Spring and developed into a nationwide uprising, and a civil war in 2012
The March 2011 uprising developed with largely peaceful protests against President Bashar Al-Assad, but has since morphed into a civil war in the face of a brutal government crackdown.
According to various sources, including the United Nations, between 24,495 and 32,895 people have been killed, of which about half were civilians, but also including 12,400 armed combatants consisting of both the Syrian army and rebel forces and up to 1,900 opposition protesters.
According to the UN, about 1.5 million Syrians have been displaced within the country. To escape the violence, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have fled the country to neighboring Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Iraq has closed its border to Syrian refugees, while no Syrian refugees have yet arrived at the Israeli border. In addition, tens of thousands of protesters have been imprisoned, and there have been reports of widespread torture in the government’s prisons. International organizations have also accused government forces and SHABEEHA militiamen of using civilians as human shields, of intentionally targeting civilians and of adopting a scorched earth policy.
Anti-government rebels have been accused of human rights abuses as well, including torture, kidnapping, unlawful detention and execution of civilians, ‘Shabeeha’ militiamen, and soldiers.
The UN Commission of Inquiry has also documented abuses of this nature, and al
so has documentation that indicates rebel forces have been responsible for displacement of civilians
The violence has escalated in recent months, and activist groups said that some 5,000 people were killed in August alone – the highest ever reported in more than 18 months of bloodshed.

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Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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