Syria Update August 22, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Today’s death toll is 161.

Yesterday’s updated death toll is more than 250.

In Aleppo there was heavy shelling on the opposition which tried to retake territory in the Saif al-Dawla area.

An SAA offensive via tanks and helicopters targeted southern Damascus today. 22 people were killed in Kfar Souseh and 25 in Nahr Eisha (22 of these were reportedly killed by summary execution). Twenty-two tanks remained in Kafr Souseh in the evening, each manned by approximately 30 soldiers who were carrying out house-to-house raids and executing people. Among the executed was Mohammed Saeed al-Odeh, a journalist in charge of the cultural section of Tishrin, a state newspaper who the SAA believed to be in favor of the opposition.

An SAA offensive was waged on al-Qabun in Damascus and 30 were killed there.


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