Syria Update August 16, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies … by Sherifa Zuhur)

The current death toll is 179.

Yesterday’s death toll included 205 civilians and opposition. (#s of regime force casualties not reported by Local Coordination Committees)

Defections: General Yuarab al-Sharaa who is a cousin of Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa has defected.


The SAA shelled the Qadi Askar area of Aleppo killing at least 35 and also shelled the Baadeen neighborhood.

Warplanes shelled Maarat Masrin in Idlib.

60 dead bodies have been found in the town of Qatna near Damascus.
Many are reported dead in al-Damir in Damascus province.

Regime forces shelled the Hajar al-Aswad area of Damascus resulting in casualties and clashes took place there with the FSA.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Maher al-Assad lost one of his legs in the bombing of Assad’s security advisors last month.

There have been additional deaths…

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