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40 Killed in Syria As International Monitors Arrive

40 Killed in Syria As International Monitors Arrive

50 international monitors from Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and several other Arab countries arrived in Syria on Monday night as part of an Arab League plan to end the Syrian regime’s bloody crackdown on a nine-month uprising. President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to withdraw tanks and troops from cities and to release political prisoners. But earlier on Monday, fresh reports of at least 30 people killed — confirmed by video footage — in Homs, Syria’s third largest city and a center of resistance throughout the uprising, have emerged, along with reports of neighborhoods left without food, water or electricity bloody corpses in the streets. Al Jazeera also reports that at least a dozen people were killed elsewhere throughout the country.

In Homs, armed military defectors were also reportedly fighting against soldiers. A resident of the city reportedly told Reuters that he had seen “‘ambulances filled with wounded soldiers passing by my window in the past days.’”

Ten Arab League officials accompanied the 50 monitors, who are led by Sudanese Lt. General Mohamed el-Dabi, a former head of military intelligence and external security. The observers are to travel to Homs and to other cities on Tuesday but human rights activists have been questioning how effective the mission will be and to what extent it will work independently of the Syrian government. The New York Times points out that the Arab League has not yet released a list with the names of the observers, though two human rights workers’ names and those of some others have been made public. Wissam Tarif, the Arab world campaigner for Avaaz, a global online activist site, said that his organization has repeatedly asked for biographies of the observers and had elected not to join the team.

According to the BBC‘s Jim Muir, prior to the arrival of the observers, activists have “accused the authorities of moving detainees onto military bases – where the observers are not allowed to go – and also of removing hundreds of bodies of killed protesters from the morgue at Homs.”

The Syrian government has promised “full freedom of movement” to the observers, but said that it will provide security. The leader of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), said that, while some of the monitors had arrived in Homs, they were not allowed to travel freely.

 

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Photo of road side indicating Homs, Palmyra, Baghdad by Bernard Gagnon via Wikimedia Commons

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6:12PM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Noted.

6:11AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thanks

10:24AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Marilyn L

Well, never is the answer to your first question. Peace loving Syria has never started a war against the Zionist Entity, indeed the Entity remains in illegal possession of parts of Syria to this day.

As for your allegation that they arm terrorist groups, that is another lie. Syria has helped Hebollah, a national liberation movement which freed Lebanon from Zionist occupation and then gave the Entity a good bloody nose when it tried to invade again and was forced to retreat, defeated. Hamas is another movement of national liberation and one day, it is my fervent wish, it will also do the same the to Zionists occupiers of Palestine.

Why do you think that this armed insurrection (armed and directed from the outside) against the legitimate and elected government of Syria is happening? It is because the Zionists who control USI policy said it should be so. This is happening for the benefit of the Zionist Entity, which would dearly love to see a compliant and weakened Syria.

Please try to look behind the biased media reports and fake Zionist revisionist history and do some analysis of your own.

8:13AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Peace loving well let’s see. How many times did Syria and others start wars with Israel, since she became a State? How many bombs and missiles have been shot at or carry to Israel from Syria, not during a war but for the sole purpose of killing Israelis? Under the Assad family’s dictatorship Syria has harbored, financed and trained Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. Bashar al-Assad is nothing more than the product of his murderous dictator father and he is acting in the same manner. Now the son, like his father before him is turning his guns and goons on his people. None of their actions have given one hint that the Assad’s wanted or want peace and they have not in any way made Syria a peace loving country.
Unfortunately Bashar al-Assad will continue these killings until he is taking out. He does not understand that the world and the Middle East is not the same as that of his father. He should be arrested along with his cronies and sent to the Hague for crimes against humanity. However sooner or later I fear his fate will be the same as Kaddafi, unfortunately that will mean more bloodshed among the people.

4:39AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

How sad all those poor people in Syria. I hope the presents of the Arab League monitors will save some lives and bring stability to the civilians.

10:07PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I just wish they would leave these people alone to do what they want to do with each other... keeps them preoccupied with themselves and away from the rest of us, I say...

7:52PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Who knows...

7:15PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Thank you Siusaidh C.

While I disagree with using Marxist analysis to most situations, I am quite clear that the basic thrust of the article is correct - that the West is directing this armed insurrection on behalf of Zionism and capitalism.

5:58PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

To those who care about the truth and Syria, I recommend this article:

Gearóid Ó Colmáin, The Bombing of Damascus: Terror, Lies, Human Rights and Mass Media "Conspiracy Theories" at http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28361

Global Research has an earlier article by Ó Colmáin on the incidence of mysterious snipers in a series of uprising and attempted coups (eg. Venezuela in 2002) that suggests further what's been going on in Syria.

3:13PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

George M.

They will not stop posting them, because the posters themselves have an agenda. And you can present facts to them till you're blue in the face, even from the USI spy agency's website, namely the CIA, and they'll conveniently ignore them.

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