The Assad Regime begins to crumble; Netanyahu says Assad is slaughtering Syrian civilians with the aid of Iran and Hezbollah; Russia delivers more arms to the Syrian regime; and Russian warships visit Syria with intelligence data.
Israel National News reports: Anti-Assad rebel fighters in Syria successfully captured a Presidential Air Force base near the village of Rantu in the Homs district, according to Saudi Arabian news network Al-Arabiya. Many soldiers on the base defected from President Bashar al-Assad's army following the rebels successful took over. The rebel army personnel said the base holds anti-aircraft weapon systems. A Syrian opposition spokesman said the base commander gave his soldiers a choice between either defecting to the rebel forces or going back to their family homes, and many of them preferred to join the rebel army. The pro-Assad government forces deployed helicopters gunships to attack on Rantu subsequent to the rebel takeover.
Haaretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently the Syrian government is executing a civilian massacre when reports revealed roughly 100 people were murdered during the weekend. “We see horrid pictures of children and the elderly,” said Netanyahu. “The massacre is not only carried out by the Syrian government, but is aided by Iran and Hezbollah also,” said Netanyahu. “The world must see this axis of evil so everyone would understand in what world we live in,” said the Israeli leader. Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad for committing genocide during his bloody and barbaric crackdown on the rebel uprising. Additionally, Mofaz criticized Russia for arming Damascus forces and repeated Israel's call for international military intervention to remove the Assad regime, similar to the 2011 campaign in Libya.
NY Daily News reports: Russia continues making its air defense weapons deliveries to Syria. It is not supplying any arms for usage against rebels and demonstrators, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The Russian government is completing contracts signed and pre-paid long ago on deliveries of air defense weapon systems that could be employed against foreign forces if Syria is subjected to Western military intervention, according to Lavrov. Russia has been supplying arms to Syria under a contract signed in 2007.
Israel Defense reports: While Russian warship arrivals are about showing military support for Assad's regime, the war vessels confirm the continued Russian military buildup in the Syrian port. Israel says that every Russian warship visit at the port transports more intelligence equipment. Moscow’s unshakable support for Assad’s Syrian regime has been due to Putin’s plan for a regional intelligence center in Syria and elsewhere in the Mideast.