Twin car bombs kill at least 22 in Syria's Idlib
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Twin car bombs kill at least 22 in Syria's Idlib

Idlib : Syria | Jan 17, 2013 at 1:55 AM PST
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Fighting raged on the ground in Syria today, including in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo

One day after two explosions at Aleppo University at least 87 students while injuring at least 160 others, twin car blasts in Syria's Idlib province claimed another 22 lives and injured more than 30 people.

"The first explosion took place in Al-Ziraa Square and the second explosion took place in Al-Mutlaq Square, killing 22 civilians and wounding 30," SANA news reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a higher toll of 24 dead and said most of them were regime army officers and soldiers. The SOHR added many of the wounded were in critical condition, and they could lose their lives in the coming hours or days.

Eyewitness denied SANA news and regime TV’s claims that women and children were among the casualties of Idlib's explosions, stressing the victims belonged to regime forces who arrived in the city to fight the armed opposition.

Please note that in Syria it is difficult to know the exact number of victims for several reasons, including the lack of a neutral information sources and the large number of events that are taking place in different areas, which makes it hard or even impossible to follow up a certain event.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosions, but Syrian regime TV quoted a source as saying that, “the two cars were set to attack army enforcement forces in Idlib.”

Meanwhile, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria reported that regime forces sent more reinforcements to the Damascus’s suburb Darayya, as warplanes and rockets bombarded the Free Syrian Army fighters’ enclave.

Last week, SANA news claimed that government forces have completely freed the suburb of Darayya from terrorists. According to quoted security sources, the terrorist gangs are fleeing from Darayya and are being pursued by both land and air forces.

The LCC also emphasized in its daily report that the FSA seized control of Kuwairs military airport, and repelled regime attempts to storm Busr Al-Harir, in Darayya.

In related news concerning chemical weapons of the Syrian regime, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the US will continue to share information with Russia about the location and status of Syrian chemical weapons.

Nuland's statement came a day after Israeli army spokesman Major Avichay Adraee told Al Arab newspaper that 100 fighter jets from around the world, including some Arab countries, are on training in Israel as a preparation for possible intervention in Syria. The foreign pilots and aircraft arrived in the country in recent days, and will examine possible crisis scenarios if Syria uses chemical weapons, the paper said. Adraee did not release the names of the countries participating.

It is worth mentioning that due to the ongoing fighting in Syria there are growing fears in Israel, Turkey and Jordan, that chemical weapons will fall into the hands of radical elements, such as Hezbollah, or that Assad might order the use of these weapons against any of Syria's neighbors, if he thought the end was near.

Opinion

Certainly the FSA was behind the bombing, which targeted the regime forces, because the most of Idlib province is under the control of the FSA and its armed factions. It was earlier expected that Idlib would witness fighting and bombings, after the fall of the airbase, at Taftanaz, by the FSA. Alongside with the fact that, the regime has lost control of most areas of northern Syrian.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army know that the FSA will fight with all their power against any forces trying to re-control the freed areas. For this, the FSA was honest when they stated in their website that the regime's army has two choices: Surrender or enroll in the FSA. The FSA stressed that their aim is not to fight but to free Syria from the bloody regime and eliminate the Iranian influence.

Syrian regime’s media is still lying. They have announced several times that they have recontrolled the suburb Darayya, but on the ground the FSA is controlling many areas outside Damascus.

As for the Israeli army spokesman, this is the second time that Israel published news of a huge military maneuver, in which several Arab countries are involved, but unfortunately, there is no confirmation on this regard from a military source clarifying the details of these maneuvers, which are covered exclusively by Israeli media.

The interesting part is that the Syrian TV did not show any images for Idlib bombing, because the images, which would show the dead and the wounded bodies, would prove the victims belonged to the regime army, and that is the fact which the regime always denies.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/syria-car-bombings-idlib_n_2486654.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/16/triple-car-bombing-kills-at-least-22-in-syria-in-wake-university-attack/

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/68565-car-bombs-kill-22-in-syria-s-idlib-as-103-killed-nationwide

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