Second Round of Sidon Clashes: Assir Partisans Attack Lebanese Army

Clashes re-erupted in the southern city of Sidon on Sunday, as Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir’s armed partisans attacked a checkpoint for the Lebanese Army in the eastern neighborhood of Abra.

Security source told al-Manar correspondent that at least two Army personnel were martyred during clashes, among them an officer.
The source added that two army personnel were injured; also among them  an officer.

Another source stressed to al-Manar that the clashes started when Assir’s partisans attacked a checkpoint for the Lebanese Army in Abra.

National news agency initially reported that at least two army soldiers were injured during the clashes.

Clashes spread to reach residential areas in Abra, where residents were appealing for a ceasefire in order to evacuate the civilians.

Media outlets reported that several mortar shells reached the neighboring area of Sidon’ Hara.

Earlier on Tuesday, Assir’s partisans opened fire in Abra, causing clashes to erupt with several youths in the area.
One civilian was killed as he was passing by during the clashes.

Several figures in Sidon, including the head of Nasserist Party Osama Saad and Sheikh Maher Hammoud, warned following the clashes that the city may change to be like the northern city of Tripoli where clashes repeatedly erupt between the neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

Source: Al Manar

Siege of Bani Walid: Foreign fighters, phosphorus bombs and nerve gas (Graphic images)

The besieged Libyan city of Bani Walid has been plunged into chaos. Several sources told RT the former Gaddafi regime stronghold is under attack by militias bolstered by foreign mercenaries, and they used banned weapons like white phosphorous.

The sources denied reports of the last few days that Bani Walid was retaken by the Libyan government. Residents said that militia forces have continued their assault, while preventing the refugees who fled from reentering the city.

A man who claimed his relatives are trapped inside the besieged city spoke with RT, saying, “There is no food; there is nothing to support the life of people. And the militia does not allow anyone to come back to their homes.”

“They are demolishing homes with machinery and tanks. There is no communication or internet so people are not able to connect with each other,” the source said. He is currently in Egypt, and refuses to reveal his identity over fears of personal safety.

He believes the real reason for the inoperable communications is that many people have been killed inside Bani Walid by the forces besieging the city and now they are trying to prevent information about the killings to be leaked outside.

The militia attackers have claimed they are battling ‘pro-Gaddafi’ forces, but the source slammed that motive as a “lie and a dirty game.”

“They use foreign snipers, I think from Qatar or Turkey, with Qatar covering all the costs,” he said. He claimed that a ship with weapons and other equipment recently docked in the port city of Misrata, where the assault on Bani Walid is allegedly being directed.

“There is no government in Libya. Groups of militia control everything. They don’t care about Libya, they don’t care about the nation,” he said, adding allegations that the majority of militia fighters have dual citizenship or passports from other countries.

“We ask the envoy [Special Representative] of the Secretary-General of the United Nations [for Libya] Mr. Tarik Mitri – where is he now?” he said. “Where is the United Nations? Where is the EU? Where is the Human Rights Watch? We ask for an intervention now as soon as possible – please!”

In an October 23 UN session, the US blocked a statement on the violence in Bani Walid drafted by Russia, which condemned the ongoing conflict in the city and calling for a peaceful resolution.

RT Photo from Bani Walid. RT source. The photo could not be independently verified.

Witnesses claim militia used chemical weapons in Bani Walid

“I can confirm that pro-government militias used internationally prohibited weapons. They used phosphorus bombs and nerve gas. We have documented all this in videos, we recorded the missiles they used and the white phosphorus raining down from these missiles,” Bani Walid-based activist and lawyer Afaf Yusef told RT. Continue reading

Syrian Army annihilates 40 gunmen in Bab Hood of Homs

Soldiers of Syrian Arab Army

The clashes between the Syrian Arab Army and gunmen continue in Aryha city and the groves surrounding the area of Jabal al-Zawya.

Breaking News Network reporter indicated that the most severe armed conflicts took place in Muhambel town, in which resulted in killing large numbers of the militants and destroying their vehicles mounted by machineguns.

Our correspondent added that insurgents had attacked a military convoy that was heading from Jeser al-Shughour, passing by the border villages of Khourbet al-Joz and Kafar Hamra.

The reporter said that the attack was followed by armed confrontations with the Syrian Army members, which resulted in huge losses among the armed men ranks, in addition to some martyrs from the Army side.

Furthermore, a local source in Sulqien confirmed to Breaking News Network that the Syrian Army had launched qualified operations in the town, targeting dens for the armed rebels, leaving losses upon them.

In Homs province, our reporter said that more than 40 militants were killed during clashes with the Syrian Army in Bab Hood neighborhood, as more than 20 terrorists got injured.

Our reporter concluded that mortar shells were fired from within the Lebanese territories on the Syrian border guards in Edleen village, what resulted in 2 injuries of the border patrols.

Source: Breaking News




Syrian and Jordanian troops clash at border – report

Syrian refugees gather at the Zaatari Camp, Jordan’s first official camp for Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country, in Mafraq, near the Syrian border (AFP Photo / Khalil Mazraawi)

Fighting involving armored vehicles broke out Friday night between Jordanian and Syrian troops in a border region. Reuters cited an unnamed Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the incident.

Later Russia’s Itar-TASS news agency cited its military source in Amman, Jordan’s capital, denying the clashes were between Syrian and Jordanian troops. He said the fighting erupted between the rebels and pro-government forces on the Syrian side of the border.­

The Tel Shihab-Turra border area has been used as a passage by Syrian refugees fleeing the violence. The clashes reportedly occurred after a number of refugees attempted to cross into Jordan.

There appear to be no Jordanian casualties, but no reports about the Syrian side have surfaced yet. Continue reading