bab amr

The Free Syrian Army announced Thursday that it was staging what it called a tactical retreat from the stricken Bab Amr neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs, citing concerns for the welfare of civilians and the lack of sufficient weaponry to withstand an escalating offensive by better-armed government troops.

The move came a day after Syria’s army launched a fresh push to retake Bab Amr, which has become a powerful symbol of resistance to the regime led by President Bashar al-Assad. Bab Amr has been under siege by government troops and bombarded on a daily basis for nearly four weeks.

In a statement posted on a Facebook page run by Bab Amr activists, the rebels cited dire humanitarian conditions in the area and called on the Red Cross to be allowed to deliver humanitarian aid to an estimated 4,000 civilians who remain trapped in the neighborhood.

“We, the Bab Amr brigade, have decided to strategically withdraw for the sake of the civilians remaining inside the neighborhood,” the statement said. “The humanitarian situation is at its worst, as there is no food whatsoever, no medicines, no water and no electricity. There is no communication in the area thus making matters much worse.”

The statement added: “We are also lacking in enough arms to defend the civilians.”


14/02/2012 A rocket bombed a house by Al Assad in Baba Amr, Homs #Syria 


14/02/12 #Syria: Rockets pour down on the neighbourhood of Baba Amr, Homs.

Interview with Syrian activist in Bab Amr

Today on All Things Considered we spoke with a Syrian activist from Bab Amr, Homs, who goes by the name Abo Bakr. You can read and listen to parts of the interview on the Two-way blog, but since he gave a lot of interesting details that did not make it to air I thought I would publish a raw transcript of the full interview here:

On the situation in Bab Amr:

I’m in Homs in Bab Amr. There is intensive shelling since the early hours of morning. Snipers are located in high building around the neighborhood. Bab Amr is a middle class neighborhood, houses here are either one story or two or three stories. It’s very rare to find a house of three or four stories. This makes it easy for snipers to kill people. They are entertaining themselves by killing people in front of them in addition to shelling us from 5-7km distance. Rocket launchers are located in Aisoun village and Baath University and military college.

How the foreign journalists were killed:

We were at the media center. We were bombed yesterday with 25 rockets. We were not targeted. Nobody knew our location. This location is secret. We were hosting six foreign journalists. We were hearing so many explosions around us, but then the sounds got closer until one rocket hit the backyard of the house. Then rockets started hitting the roof, and that resulted in the roof falling down completely.

Yes, yes, this is true. I was with them when we got hit. We were working in this place. When shelling intensified we wanted to put on clothes and helmets, but there was only one helmet. One of the journalists, Paul, was the one who wore the helmet. We decided to leave the building in groups. First group was made up of 4 activists. That group went to the opposite building. The second group began to prepare to leave, that group had the journalists who were killed, and William and Edith. There were the 2 foreign journalists who got killed, and three activists who got wounded in addition to Edith and Paul who got severely injured.

We were the last group. The first group went out first to make sure the way is safe. They went out as human shields for the journalists. They went to protect them. The second group was hit: 2 were killed and 2 were injured. We had William left. I was with William and Edith. Edith was injured. We were holding each other, the rockets were falling like rain above our heads. We hid in the safest area of the house which is the bathroom because it had two roofs. It was me, my colleague, William and Edith, and another activist who got injured. He is a videographer. There was also the journalist Paul, and he was injured in his thigh and side. When we felt the shelling has slowed down, I carried Edith and the others carried Paul because we though his injury was more serious. He had a big shrapnel in his thigh, but it turned out Edith injury was more serious. We carried her to the nearest car and and took them to the hospital. Right after we left, two rockets hit the house immediately. 

Fear and starvation:

Intensity of shelling did not change since day one. The same attack since the first day. Now I’m sitting in this house and I could be killed at any moment like what happened yesterday. One rocket could kill me, this is possible, this is very possible. The chances of this happening is 90%. At any moment now a rocket could hit. Yesterday more than 25 to 30 rockets landed in less than 5 minutes. 

It is as if we are living in prison. But an open prison. A prison where if anyone goes out they could get killed. People are surviving on the water they have in their houses. Since 20 days, we have no bread. There is no food. No clean water. We collect rain water and boil it then wait until it gets cold to drink. As for food, we eat anything we find in the house, but I don’t know when we will have to be patient and wait like this. We just eat one meal per day. I’m here with a group of young men in the media office, and all we have is some light food. Sometimes we don’t even eat. Yesterday and the day before I did not eat. The day before that I only ate onions and garlic.

Cheap blood

Imagine how the Syrian blood is so cheap. The Syrian blood is so cheap. More than 10,000 men, women and children were killed. It is not a small number. These are massacres. These are massacres. And then for one person, American, French or European.. You see now how there are many statements from Europe for two persons. This man and woman are good friends of ours. I’m not talking badly about them, but just look how cheap the Syrian blood is for the international community in general and the Arab community in specific. These journalists are our friends and we know them personally. Many journalist came here to us in Bab Amr and the relationship between us is more than just friendship or work. These are friends and more than friends. We cried for their deaths a lot.

Message to ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Tunis

Our message to the international community is to provide human corridors for us here in Bab Amr. We have more than 500 martyrs in the last 20 days. This is a huge number. We lost many friends and brothers. Families and children. I don’t just want to say they were killed, they were shattered by these rockets. You walk here in Bab Amr and foul odors are everywhere because of the body parts scattered here and there. There are many bodies under the rubble that we can’t get out. The situation is very tragic. We demand human corridors for medicine and food and clean water. We just want to live as half-humans, not even full human beings. 

On military intervention:

The only solution for the Syrian revolution is the military solution, and to have a no-fly zone. After the no fly-zone we must be supported militarily. This is the only solution for our revolution to succeed. Bashar al-Assad has no mercy. He kills citizens from 7km distance. There is no clashes between the Free Syrian Army and his forces. They are mercenaries. There are no clashes, he is just shelling us from 5-7km distance in Aisoun village, Baat University and the military college … Bab Amr is a residential area. There is only citizens. Unarmed people. This is Bab Amr. We just want a no-fly zone and limited military support. With out strong wills we can defeat Bashar al-Assad.

#Syria Summary of the situation in Baba Amer after the tactical withdrawal of the FSA

Network News Revolution in Baba Amr


Summary of the situation in Baba Amer after the tactical withdrawal of the FSA:

Groups of the Assad Army and his security forces advanced slowly to inside Bab Amer, and they searched all the neighborhood house by house .

People were brought from the pro regime neighborhoods and were told to go ahead and vandalize all homes and shops as they want, after which they burned the houses, shops and even Mosques.

They also arrested everyone who is 14 year old and older and they gathered them in the major market, which was turned onto a big prison.

Basel Field was also turned into another mass prison where they gathered 1000 men.

Zerai Hall, which used to be a wedding hall was turned into another prison and a for gang rape of the women .

The above were the places for massacres of men, women and children, most of the killing was committed as field executions on the spot, as well as slaughter, as well as gang rapes of at least 22 women.

They killed whole family members slaughtered them like sheep … The women thay tried to say no and resist the gang raspe was killed in front of other arrested women

According to activists, the red cross entered Bab Amer after the Assad thugs cleared and cleaned the neighborhood from any trace of the massacres , especially all the blood, it was all washed away.

They also brought their people to receive the the food and medicine that was brought to help the victims of Baba Amer bombardments .


done by Kinda Shehab

President al-Assad: Restoring Security, Safety, Imposing Rule of Law a Must
Mar 27, 2012

HOMS, (SANA)_ President Bashar al-Assad paid an inspection field visit Tuesday to Baba Amr Quarter in Homs Governorate.

President al-Assad met the inhabitants of the Quarter, earlier agonized by heavily-armed terrorist groups which terrorized the inhabitants, asserting that the State would never hesitate to carry out its duty and responsibilities in protecting its citizens.

“The State has given those who deviated from the path of right the best of possible opportunities to backtrack and return to the Homeland, and to put down their arms; they ,however, rejected seizing these opportunities and further increased their terrorism. So, there was a must as to work for restoring security, safety, and for imposing the rule of law,” underscored President al-Assad to hundreds of the citizens who gathered around him and complained from the heinous acts perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups.

President al-Assad, during his field visit and inspection of the destruction inflicted upon the Quarter by the armed terrorist groups, called for the rallying of efforts redoubling work as to quickly reconstruct destroyed buildings and rehabilitate the infrastructure, especially schools, electricity grids, and medical establishments.

President al-Assad, during his meeting with some army and police force members, lauded the sacrifices and efforts exerted by Syrian Army and Police members in defense of the Homeland and its stability and security.

The inhabitants of the quarter, who chanted slogans of loyalty, and amity to president al-Assad, asserted that the terrorist acts by the armed terrorist groups have but increased the inhabitants’ commitment to their Homeland, and care about its security and stability, highly appreciating the Syrian Arab Army, which restored safety and security to their Quarter and City.