Archive for August 12th, 2014

ISIS crush tribal uprising in Syria

August 11, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) — ISIS have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in three eastern villages near the border with Iraq, activists said Monday.

The armed revolt by the Shueitat tribe in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour was the first sign of local resistance to the ISIS since its fighters swept into the province. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Turkey-based activist Thaer ak-Deiri said that ISIS fighters regained control of three villages of the Shueitat tribe on Sunday after being expelled earlier this month.

The Observatory said ISIS fighters beheaded two tribesmen after they fled to the nearby village of Shaafa. It had no immediate word on other casualties in the area. Clashes over the past two weeks left more than a dozen people dead and both sides.

The extremist group has taken over much of northern and eastern Syria as well as western and northern Iraq. The group has declared a self-styled caliphate in territory it controls along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The clashes in eastern Syria came as ISIS fighters tightened its siege on a major military air base in the town of Tabqa in the northern province of Raqqa. The air base is the last army position in the Raqqa province that is an ISIS stronghold.

The Observatory’s chief Rami Abdurrahman said ISIS fighters are bombarding the base with artillery as they appear to be preparing to storm it. Last week, ISIS fighters seized the nearby Brigade 93 base after days of heavy fighting and late last month captured another base in which they took dozens of prisoners whom some of them were later beheaded and their bodies paraded in one of Raqqa’s main squares.

Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 as a popular uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule, but turned into an insurgency after government forces violently cracked down on demonstrators. It has since become a full blown revolution. Over 170,000 people have been killed in Syria in more than three years of fighting, activists say.

Jordanians hold pro-Gaza rally in Amman

Sat Aug 9, 2014

Over 15,000 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood have staged an anti-Israeli demonstration in the Jordanian capital of Amman, urging the resistance movement to ratchet up its campaign against Israel.

Scores of masked youths dressed in the uniform of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, also took part in the Friday rally, the largest demonstration in Amman in years, and staged a symbolic military parade in support of Hamas.

A Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson on Friday called on Hamas to escalate its attacks against Israel in an attempt to avenge the deaths of civilians in Gaza.

“In the coming phase, after negotiations failed, the only thing left is the flag of resistance which was behind the victory in Gaza,” said Zaki Bani Rusheid, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.

The Israeli military aggression against Gaza, which began on July 8, has claimed the lives of more than 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded over 9,500 others. Palestinian resistance movements have retaliated  by launching rockets into Israel.

A 72-hour truce in Gaza ended on Friday morning without any agreement to extend it.

Jordan is home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees and most of its more than 7 million population are of Palestinian origin.

This week, the Arab country, which along with Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, refused calls by public protesters, the opposition and some prominent politicians to expel Tel Aviv’s ambassador and cut ties with the entity, describing it as a counter-productive move.

Source: PressTV.