Syrian militants execute 90 hostages in Adra, nine children die from cold and hunger
The highway leading to the Damascus International Airport is blocked by the Syrian troops. This highway is located at a distance of four kilometres from Adra, and the Syrian servicemen do not rule out that the encircled militants will make a breakthrough in this direction. In this case, another Damascus suburb, Dahiyat al Asad, may be seized as well.
In the churches and monasteries of Syria and Lebanon the believers prayed for the release, as soon as possible, of 12 nuns and four novice nuns of the ancient Maaloula Convent, who are still being held by the militants in Yabrud ( at a distance of 57 kilometres from Damascus), which has been encircled by the Syrian troops. Representatives of all the communities of the Eastern Christian churches have taken part in this prayer. “ There are very old nuns and young girls among the hostages,” one of the local residents said.
According to the newspaper “Al Hayat”, the terrorists, who kidnapped the nuns, demanded that the authorities free a number of opposition activists in exchange for the release of 12 nuns and four novice nuns. This demand was made public by their representative, a certain Abu Nidal, when he was speaking on the Al Arabiya Satellite News Channel.
UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos has held another round of talks in Damascus. At a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem she discussed the allocation of broadened aid to the Syrian people who have suffered from the snowy winter that has come to Syria this year. Valerie Amos has also visited Lebanon. There are an estimated 1 million Syrian refugees there now. She voiced her admiration with the efforts, which are being made by both the Lebanese authorities and the UN agencies to facilitate the fate of the refugees. “This winter is really very cold, she said.”
Nine children have died from cold in Syria this week. This information is not confirmed officially because the regions from which the death reports have come, are currently being controlled by the armed opposition.
The first plane with the humanitarian cargo on board, meant for the residents of El Hasika Province, has landed at Kameshli Airport. 400 tons of food products, baby food, medicines, blankest, and heaters will be airlifted to Syria from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Armed extremists from the groups “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” and “Jabhat al-Nusra ” are blocking the roads that lead to the Kurdish areas of Syria and are besieging the cities of Afrin, Ayn al-Arab and Kobani to the northeast from Aleppo.
In total, about one million people are now in the blockade.
The new round of military actions against the Kurdish commando units started on December 2. The militants are not letting humanitarian escorts with food and petrol to heavily populated areas – they open fire at drivers who try to break through.
The situation around the city of Deir ez-Zor, which stands on the river Euphrates and is the capital of the province also called Deir ez-Zor, is also aggravated. On Saturday, Jihadists, who have many mercenaries from Arab countries in their ranks, tried to seize control over military checkpoints in the west of Deir ez-Zor and a military base in the nearby village of Ayash, but were repelled by the government forces.
Despite big losses in their ranks, today, the militants attacked one of the districts of Deir ez-Zor, called Hoveyka, which is still controlled by the government forces. At present, fierce fighting is under way near a pedestrian bridge over Euphrates.