Concerns regarding the fate of kidnapped Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a prominent Syrian revolution enthusiast, have been growing for a few days, after several reports circulated among opposition activists suggesting that Dall'Oglio had been executed by the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
(Daraa) Syrian Army helicopter gunships pounded today the town of Tafas, in Daraa's western countryside, using barrel bombs, which resulted in the deaths of 4 civilians, in addition to wounding 7 others, who were hospitalized to Tafas National Hospital.
(Hama) The Syrian Army air force carried out a number of airstrikes targeting the towns of Morek and Kafarzita in the northern Hama countryside, today.
(Deir Al-Zor) After a round of fierce clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Syrian opposition forces seized today the town of Al-Tebni, in western Deir Al-Zor, in addition to capturing a checkpoint near the Salt Mine region, which is the last ISIL stronghold in the area.
(Deir Al-Zor) Syrian regime forces stepped up their bombardment of the city of Deir Al-Zor today, targeting the city center with a surface-to-surface missile, setting a governmental building ablaze, which sent a cloud of black smoke over the area as the fire continued to burn for several hours.
Syrian rebel fighters made gains at noon today, in the coastal province of Latakia's countryside, after managing to seize control over the Kassab border crossing with Turkey.
(Daraa) Syrian opposition factions operating in the southern province of Daraa issued a statement today, announcing the capture of the strategic grain-silos military checkpoint and the Gharz gas station, following several days of fierce battles.
Um Samer carries a photo of her son who was killed during the battles in Hama's eastern countryside. She receives condolences without speaking a word to anyone. While she visits her son's grave, a media activist approaches her, trying to get an interview, but she refuses to make any statements. Her late son had enrolled in an opposition battalion, which fights under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, in the central province of Hama.
(Rif Dimashq - Yabroud) An Al-Qalamoun-based opposition commander revealed to Syria Newsdesk that the battalions, which withdrew from the city of Yabroud, in Rif Dimashq, are currently "amassing their troops and going through a process of reshuffling their ranks", aiming to "retake the city" that was seized earlier this week by regime troops, backed by the Lebanese Hizbullah militia.