Syria Update, October 8, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Death toll: More than 170 killed including 79 unarmed civilians.

Sunday’s revised death toll: More than 160 killed.

Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul urges international action on Syria where, he said, “a worst case scenario” is unfolding.

The Syrian opposition group holding Iranian hostages has temporarily stayed its countdown to harm them unless the Syrian military releases three female prisoners and two families detained in Ghouta. Turkish authorities established contacts with the kidnappers and negotiations are ongoing.

Aleppo province: The Syrian military shelled al-A’qroub, Bab al-Ni’rab, al-Heidariyya, al-Marja, and al-Sakhour in Aleppo. Clashes took place in al-Eqba. Clashes between the Syrian military and the opposition resulted in the death of an opposition fighter near the Hanano military barracks.

The Syrian military shelled the towns of A’ndan, Maskana, Akhtrin, Darat Izza, Hreitan and Kafr-Hamra. The…

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