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Massive Explosion in Hama Threatens Syrian Ceasefire

Massive Explosion in Hama Threatens Syrian Ceasefire

As many as 70 people, many of them children, have been killed in the central city of Hama in Syria today in what is described as a “massive explosion.” Activists posted videos of bodies being pulled from the rubble and said that 13 children and 15 women had been killed, despite a ceasefire called for by an April 12 peace proposal negotiated by Kofi Annan, special envoy to the United Nations and the Arab League.

Syrian state TV has said that 16 people had died in a blast that occurred at a house that “armed terrorist groups” were using as a bomb factory. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said it was not sure what caused the blast; the opposition group, the Local Coordinating Committee, said that security forces had fired a rocket.

It is impossible to ascertain exactly what is going on now in Syria as the government bars foreign journalists from reporting from within the country. Videos have surfaced online not only of injured children in the hospital but a horrific one of a man, said to be a media activist, being buried alive by security forces, says the BBC. Residents in Hama describe people dying because the city lacks medical equipment and supplies.

Hama a Long-Time Center of Rebellion

Hama has been an epicenter of the uprising  in Syria and a small team of U.N. observers has been there. The SOHR has asked the monitors to investigate the deadly explosion which indeed threatens Annan’s peace plan, says Al Jazeera‘s Rula Amin. Activists said that Syrian forces had shelled a different area of Hama two days ago and killed at least 20; 60 more were wounded.

30 years ago, Hafez al-Assad, the father of President Bashar al-Assad, suppressed an armed uprising in Hama by killing thousands — some say as many as 40,000 — and razing parts of Hama’s old city.

Red Crescent Worker Shot Dead

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed on Thursday that a volunteer with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent had been shot dead and three workers wounded near Douma, a suburb of Damascus. Mohammed al-Khadraa was in a vehicle clearly marked as belonging to the Red Crescent when he was shot and killed on Tuesday.

France’s foreign minister, Alain Juppé, has demanded that the U.N. Security Council invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter and consider military action in Syria if the violence continues. He also called for 300 more U.N. observers to be deployed in the next fifteen days. Annan is to give a report on the state of the ceasefire on May 5; Juppé says that this will be a “moment of truth” about the situation in Syria and whether the peace plan is working, or not.

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1:35PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

What is so pathetic is that people read this crap and say "oh how sad" without bothering to inform themselves, just letting themselves get brainwashed. It's very sad too, as this drip drip of propaganda here and elsewhere is what is leading to the inevitable true war in Syria where 1000s will die and the whole region will be destabilised.

1:25PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

sad news

10:00AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

NOTED!

9:59AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

What I want to ask is this:
"What type of help do some contributors want to send to Syria"? Military, Weapons, Western and Arab State intervention and forced regime change of a Secular Arab State.

Surely, all these forms of so-called help will result in one course of action - lose of life on a scale not yet witnessed in Syria. Or perhaps you want to see a peaceful diplomatic solution, with both sides agreeing to end this conflict and the Western and Arab States brokering peace talks rather than arming a highly dubious and dangerous opposition in Syria.

I know what I would like to see happen - no more beating of the "War Drums" by governments and states with humane rights violations and blood on their hands from countless interventions and illegal wars.

9:45AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I agree with John.

And I want to add that a reputable News Agency reported that the explosion was caused by Syrian Rebel Fighters triggering off the explosion. Sadly Christina Chew is once again reporting her own version of events in Syria. Its about time Care2 stops reporting this conflict from just one side of the divide.

8:03AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

what cease-fire do they have..I've been hearing about this killing stuff for a while now, I didn't think it stopped..

8:02AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thank you for the article...

7:23AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

More repulsive propaganda from Kristina Chew.

"The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said it was not sure what caused the blast; "

And how might it know in any case? It's a self-avowedly partisan resource with no resources to establish anything, yet Kristina mentions its ridiculous pronouncements in all her propaganda items.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Observatory_for_Human_Rights

"SOHR has indicated that they consider reporting on the deaths of government loyalists to be "not in their interest"

"SOHR is run out of a two-bedroom terraced home in Coventry by one man using the name Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdul Rahman, or Rami Abdelrahman). He also runs a clothes shop"

As for the following assertion, they're hardly likely to admit they actually WERE making bombs, are they?

"the opposition group, the Local Coordinating Committee, said that security forces had fired a rocket."

Here comes another lie. There are plenty of foreign journalists, including ones ones biased against al-Assad, reporting from within Syria.

"It is impossible to ascertain exactly what is going on now in Syria as the government bars foreign journalists from reporting from within the country"

This is nothing more or less than a shill, a disgraceful piece of attempted brainwashing to prepare us for the destruction of peace-loving Syria by an unhol

7:16AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

é muito trste ver como este povo está sofrendo por causa de um regime e um ditador haja liberdade para o povo da Siria

6:18AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

And the UN looks on and fidgets....as usual....a paper tiger.

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