Syria Update, September 16, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Current deathtoll: 93

The Syrian military and militias loyal to Bashar al-Assad are using rape as a method of torture and abuse against women, men and children. Rape takes place during raids on homes and other buildings, at checkpoints, and in detentions. A report by Women under Siege indicated that 90% of women arrested or detained are raped and that 42% were gang-raped.

The Syrian military has utilized its air power against cities and towns in Syria for months killing thousands of civilians. Over the last month, the Syrian opposition began to try to fight back by directly attacking the air bases in Syria.

Aleppo province: The Syrian military attacked the opposition-held neighborhood of al-Shaar and killed eleven civilians. Syrian military shelling of al-Masakin al-Sha`biyya resulted in the deaths of two civilians…

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