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Anthony Shadid’s Last Story: The Free Syrian Army

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that it has brought aid to a “considerable” number of families who have fled Bab Amr and are now in the nearby village of Abel. The ICRC also says that up to 2,000 people are fleeing Syria to cross the border into northern Lebanon; some 7,000 Syrian refugees have already registered with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Lebanon.

Activists report that the Syrian army has been shelling other areas, including the al-Quosoor neighbourhood of northern Homs, where a number of large demonstrations were held during the siege of Bab Amr, and the city of Rastan norther of Homs, where the activist Local Coordinating Committee reports that five children have been killed.

China, Syria’s ally, has called for both sides to make an immediate ceasefire and initiate talks. On Sunday, a Saudi official said that Syrians have a right to arm themselves against the regime and that Damascus is “imposing itself by force” and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching citizens in desperate need of medical supplies, food and more. Qatar and Libya have also offered to help rebel forces opposing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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11:11PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Robert O. said it all perfectly and concisely. Thanks Kristina

7:58PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Frontline did an episode on Syria at the end of this last year and Shadid had some very poignant things to say about what was going on. I honestly did not put two and two together on his death until after watching that episode. It is WELL worth a watch!

12:59PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thanks Kristina.

12:25PM PST on Mar 5, 2012


12:06PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

For goodness sake, Robert O. Why is al-Assad a madman for doing what any government in the world would do, that is, resist a an externally financed and directed rebellion against his legitimate government?

12:03PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thank you Anthony Shadid for your reporting. May you rest in peace.

10:48AM PST on Mar 5, 2012


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10:27AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

It's such a sad and tragic situation that grows more dire by the day thanks to that authoritarian madman, Bashar al-Assad.

On another note, Anthony Shadid will be greatly missed. He was a passionate journalist and caring human being.

Thanks Kristina.

10:20AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Or, Marilyn, he could stay in power - if only the outside forces arrayed against him would leave Syria alone.

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