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400 Dead: Darayya Massacre Bloodiest Yet in Syria

400 Dead: Darayya Massacre Bloodiest Yet in Syria

The numbers keep going up.

400 bodies have been found in Darayya, which has been a site of opposition support near the Syrian capital of Damascus. That is twice as many killed last weekend than had been estimated. The killings are being described as the single worst massacre of the Syrian civil war, which is dragging into its 18th month.

Almost 5,000: This is the number of Syrian refugees that the United Nations refugee agency says is arriving in Turkey daily, up from 500 earlier in the month.

200,000: This is the total number of refugees seeking to enter Turkey, with others trying to get into neighboring Jordan and Lebanon.

Heavy shelling is being reported in Damascus, Aleppo and northwest Idlib.

Call For a “Safe” Zone

At this point, Western powers have all but given up on a diplomatic solution. French President Francois Hollande proposed on Monday that Syria’s divided opposition seek to form a provisional government; while he said France is prepared to recognize it, the US said such a step is premature.

With what is clearly an escalating humanitarian crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has proposed creating a humanitarian “safe” zone under the UN, in which refugees could be sheltered and humanitarian aid distributed. On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that creating such a buffer zone would be impossible, without imposing a no-fly zone would involve the deployment of forces on the ground.

Assad Claims He’s Routing Out Terrorists

In an interview with pro-government TV station al-Dunya, President Bashar al-Assad said that creating such a buffer zone “firstly is not on the table and secondly it is an unrealistic idea by hostile countries and the enemies of Syria.” He also said that the military “needs time to win the battle” and said that his government is “fighting a battle both regionally and internationally” against terrorists and others. He also claimed that he was being interviewed from within the presidential palace in Damascus; Assad’s whereabouts have been kept under wraps since a bomb in Damascus killed four senior security issues including his minister of defense in July.

Atrocities in Darayya

Survivors of the killings in Darayya are giving accounts of cold-blooded killings in which members of the militia, the Shabiha, went house to house after — a pattern seen earlier to subdue the uprising — a city was first surrounded and attacked with shelling and tanks for days.

Said a Darayya residen, Abu Mua’tasim, to the Guardian: ”The Syrian army stayed in some of the houses. One belonged to my friend. People were forced to serve them food and tea. Just before they were leaving they killed the people in the house …I know the family.”

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11:56AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p66GBTAhw90

The above is a link to a video claiming the dead were massacred by FSA terrorists.
Who knows what the truth is?
What I DO know, from many visits to Syria,the last being this time last year, is that Al Assad had only the interests of the Syrian people first and foremost in his mind, Whether that is still the case I don't know and - unlike Kristina Chew - would not like to speculate.

But it seems Kristina's sloppy 'reporting' style is not limited to Syria. The other day I found another story by her which had very questionable facts as its main point - and that was in the USA.
Kristina, why don't you concentrate on the day job? As a reporter, frankly you stink.

2:26AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

John W.

Do u get paid for defending Al-ASSad ???

he is a butcher ... he kills people just because they asked for freedom... Syrian Revolution is part of the Arab Spring .. and they have the right to be free and live with dignity ...

Like father like son... his father killed Syrians in 1982 in Hama ... and now his son is killing Syrians all over Syria.....

12:42AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Carl O

Your level of ignorance is astonishing. Turkey "act on its own behalf"? It already is, by arming the rebels against the legitimate and elected government of Syria. Turkey was one of the first countries to engender this disgraceful rebellion. The refugees are in Turkey because of Turkey's own actions.

6:40PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Turkey is being inundated by refugees. Maybe it is time for them to act on their own behalf.

3:56PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Barry A.

Perhaps you don't watch the news? Only 3 days ago, the rebels claimed to have shot down a helicopter over Damascus with their new toys - missiles.

Do you not know that the Lebanese intercepted and confiscated a huge shipment of American weapons which had been routed through S America to seem innocuous and whose contents were disguised?

Come back and comment when you are better informed.

3:51PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Christ, more inane comments.

Florence, it is "other countries" that are doing this, amongst them ones, moreover, who pretend to be democracies and freedom-loving.

3:16PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

If the rebels are in the pay of foreign govenrments, why hasn't the US as one of the conspirators armed them with Stinger missiles and anti-tank weapons? That they do not have them is clear from the ease in which the Syrian regime bombs and shells its own cities without first evacuating the civilians. The government of apartheid South Africa was legitimately elected so this argument proves nothing. If you are as old as I am, you will remember Assad Snr using the same tactics. I suppose the footage of Syrian torture victims on UK TV was also part of this massive conspiracy. It's a re-invetion of the Dominoes theory from the Vietnam War only this time it's being peddled by the Russians and other lovers of this ghastly regime.

12:41PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

what i really dont understand is how all the other nations can just sit by and watch this unfold without somehow helping!

12:18PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

oh my goodness how very sad.

11:31AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

B ruce V

You're a prime example of those who have been taken in by propagandists such as Kristina Chew and the corporate media. The "bastards" are the countries directing this ruination of Syria, namely the KSA, Qatar, the Zionist Entity, the USI and Turkey. Do you think Mr al-Assad (regarded until a year or so ago as a moderate reformer by the West) woke up one day in his stable and tolerant country and thought to himself, "You know what, I think I'll go on a massacring spree"?

Why is this happening? An unholy alliance of those countries mentioned above wish to shatter Iran, some for religious and geo-political reasons, some out of hatred, some out of their simple wish to dominate the ME - or a combination of all. Iran cannot fall while Syria stands strong. So Syria has to go, it doesn't matter that these countries are arming al-Qaeda type groups or supplying fundie mercenaries from Libya and elsewhere who have come to Syria to spead their version of Islam, the elected and legitimate government of Syria has to go, the country has to be ruined. Do you know that there is a huge base for training these fighters over the border in Turkey whence they are sent to Syria to invade cities that did not rise against the government? Have you not noticed that there have been huge demos in Aleppo and Damascus FOR the government? So the armed rebels have invaded them with their new toys of destruction supplied by the evil alliance.

For goodness sake, inform yourself before you mak

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