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Mounting anger, more mourning in Latakia, with dozens more regime troops killed in fighting

May 08, 2015

Latakia, 08-05-2015: Mourning is continuing among the ranks of Assad’s supporters in Latakia and anti-regime sentiments are mounting as the number of bodies of local regime troops being returned after being killed in fighting on various fronts across Syria continues to increase due to the victories by rebel forces who continue to make great progress across the country despite the massive odds against them.

Hezbollah opens Latakia office, recruiting dozens of regime officers

May 06, 2015

06-05-2015: The Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah has officially opened an office on March 8th Street in Latakia in one of the regime stronghold city’s most affluent neighbourhoods, already recruiting dozens of regime officers, troops and Alawite supporters of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

A source close to the regime’s ‘Desert Hawks Brigade,’ led by Ayman Jaber, a relative of Assad, confirmed in a statement to Souria.net that “Hezbollah is currently working on rehabilitating the military units in the Syrian leadership and in the Shiite community in particular.”

Assad stages PR rally, tells besieged regime troops help's on its way

May 06, 2015

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad said on Wednesday that troops from the regime's depleted forces would head to the outskirts of a town liberated by rebel forces to help besieged regime soldiers, attempting to justify recent 'setbacks' in the regime's military fortunes as part of normal warfare.

Rebel forces last month captured the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province, and are making steady progress towards the regime's coastal heartland of Latakia.

Major hospital in Syria's Aleppo shuts because of bombing

May 05, 2015

One of two major hospitals in Syria's violence-torn northern city, Aleppo, has suspended its operations after it was bombed at least twice last week, the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders said.

The city, once Syria's commercial hub, has been divided between government and opposition forces since mid-2012, and fighting there has raged since.

Many killed, critically wounded in regime warplanes’ bombing of Yadoudeh, 12 named so far

May 05, 2015

Yadoudeh, Daraa province, 05-05-2015: A large number of civilians, including women and children, have been killed in regime warplanes’ latest bombing of homes in the town of Yadoudeh in Daraa province with TNT-filled barrel bombs earlier today, with dozens more injured, many critically.

Damascus attack targets high-ranking Assad regime General

May 04, 2015

04-05-2015: 'A high-ranking Assad regime general was reportedly injured in a brazen suicide attack Monday morning in the center of the Syrian capital.

“A major-general in charge of the regime force’s Logistics and Supplies Administration was injured... by a blast that targeted him and his colleagues in the Rokken Eddine area of central Damascus,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday.

The monitoring group added that one of the general’s colleagues was killed in attack, while two others were injured.

Rebels capture six Hezbollah mercenaries in Zebdine

May 04, 2015

Zebdine‬, ‪‎Damascus‬ province, 04-05-2015: Syrian rebel forces in Zebdine have captured six Hezbollah mercenaries, as well as seizing a quantity of military equipment from the Lebanese militia members.

The Assad regime is now almost wholly reliant on Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed extremist foreign militias to fight for the regime.

Report from: Orient News

Regime air force drops eight barrel bombs on Moadamiyeh in under 10 minutes

May 04, 2015

Moadamiyeh‬, ‪Damascus‬ province, 04-05-2015: Regime helicopter gunships have dropped eight TNT filled barrel bombs on western parts of Moadamiyeh in a period of less than ten minutes, resulting in a number of casualties.

This latest attack on the town, now under regime bombardment and crippling siege for over two years, coincides with the outbreak of heavy fighting between FSA forces and regime troops at the regime checkpoints.

Report and video footage from: Dani al-Qappani in Moadamiyeh, Moadamiyeh Council

Regime air force renews chlorine attacks on Idlib, casualties reported

May 04, 2015

The Syrian regime’s helicopters launched several raids on the cities and towns of the Idlib countryside, using barrel bombs containing toxic gases, which caused the death of at least one civilian and wounded dozens others, primarily children.

Local activists in the Idlib countryside told ARA News that Syrian regime’s helicopters dropped several barrel bombs containing toxic chlorine gas on the town of Neirab, leading to the death of Mutee Jalal, 2, in addition to injuring dozens of others.

Report: Damascus warns Alawites to flee capital as Syrian forces crumble under rebel offensive

May 03, 2015

Reports emerged Sunday suggesting that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has hit a breaking point and is struggling under extreme duress.

According to the Jeddah-based Okaz daily newspaper, a sister publication of the Saudi Gazette, Syria's Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families in Damascus that it deems important to vacate their residences and arrive in Latakia in 48 hours.