In June, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land reported that a cluster of Christian villages along Syria's Orontes River
had been almost totally destroyed in the fighting, forcing thousands into hiding.
If the regime's apparatuses were "smarter" than Abu Sakkar, and did not film the way the child Hamza al-Khatib was tortured before his mutilated corpse was sent back to his parents; did not film the beheading of Ibrahim Qashoush and removing his throat after killing him, then throwing his body in the Orontes River
after shredding it; did not film how Syrian soldiers danced over the corpses of their victims; did not film how women were raped in Baba Amr, Idlib, and al-Beida; did not film how those fleeing the fighting in Dar were slaughtered and had their corpses burnt; if we did not see those atrocities on YouTube, then is that a reason for us to consider what Khaled Hamad did, horrendous as it may be, the most brutal and barbaric crime to be committed in Syria?
SYRIAN REBEL HATRED Over the past two weeks, eight Grad rockets have landed in Shi'ite Hermel, a sprawling agricultural town of around 100,000 next to the Orontes river
on Lebanon's border with Syria and about 45 km (28 miles) north of Blbek.
However, the political will expressed and sealed at the highest level in Turkey for broader cooperation with its southern neighbors was also reflected in official statements and cooperative transboundary water development and management initiatives in the Euphrates, Tigris, and Orontes river
Sheer cliffs tower over the magnificent Orontes river
Born in the Syrian fortress of Shayzar on the Orontes River
, Usama was a poet, litterateur, warrior, and traveler--the last often the result of a need to move on from places where he had made himself unwelcome through participation in political intrigues.
Located on the Orontes River
near its mouth, Antioch was anexus point for the trade routes from Mesopotamia and the north-south coastal road along the Mediterranean.
Wounded civilians, some of them in makeshift boats filled with women and children, could be seen crossing the narrow Orontes River
, which demarcates part of the Syrian border with Hatay province in Turkey.
The activists expected the number to rise since hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, and locals believe bodies remained in nearby fields or were dumped into the Orontes River
On Saturday, an 11-vehicle team of UN observers entered Tremseh, home to between 6,000-10,000 residents and one of a string of small farming villages along the Orontes River
northwest of the city of Hama.
The Orontes River
, which turns in several parts into a muddy stream in the summer, separates the two countries at Hacipasa.
Some of the paint spilled into the Orontes river
running through the ancient city in central Syria and footage posted on the Internet showed the river tinged red.