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More Than 200 Killed This Week in Syria

More Than 200 Killed This Week in Syria

More than 200 people were killed on Monday and Tuesday in Syria and 37 have been killed today,  just on the eve of a visit on Thursday of international observers sent by the Arab League. The heavy death toll was reported by the activist group, the Local Coordination Committee in Syria; precise figures  cannot be independently verified, as Al Jazeera and other media are restricted from reporting within the country. Speaking from Lebanon, the BBC’s Jim Muir said that the “surge in violence” could likely be connected to the imminent visit of Arab League monitors, with Syrian authorities “‘clearing up unfinished business.’”

The Syrian National Council, the main opposition group which is located outside the country, has called on the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League to discuss the growing violence in the northwest of Syria, in the Jabal al-Zawiya area in Idlib province near the Turkish border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in London, said that most of those killed on Tuesday were army defectors. A member of the opposition in Idlib, Alaa El Din Al Youssef, is quoted in Al Jazeera as saying that what happened on Tuesday was a “massacre,” with some bodies burnt beyond recognition and other found beheaded with their hands tied. The day before, about 70 army defectors were shot dead were attempting to flee from a military base.

The death toll for today is likely to rise, as, according to reports, army reinforcements are arriving in Idlib and clashes are ongoing. The BBC‘s Muir also says that opposition forces may be seeking to “establish their presence to gain a foothold for further expansion.”

French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero has said that what is going on in Syria is an “unprecedented massacre.”

While Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said that the team of international observers will be “free” to move around the country, but this remains to be seen. The observers have a mandate for one month that can be extended, provided that both sides agree. Activists have dismissed the government’s decision to allow observers as “just a ploy.”

The Syrian regime has repeatedly claimed that the violence in the country has been caused by foreign conspirators and militants and “armed thugs.” The latter were accused today of abducting eight Iranian technicians from the city of Homs, a center of resistance. As Syrian blogger Maysaloon comments on
this report,

What were five Iranians doing in Homs when even foreign media aren’t allowed there for ‘security’ reasons? Something stinks #Syria

More than 5,000, including hundreds of children, have been killed in the uprising that began in Syria in mid-March.  Thousands have fled across the border to Turkey and are living in refugee camps.

On Sunday night, Syrian authorities released US-born blogger Razan Ghazzawi on bail. She has been charged with “fomenting sectarian strife and spreading false information through a secret organisation,” for which she could face up to 15 years in prison. Ghazzawi is among the scores of bloggers and activists who have been arrested by the regime since the uprising began; she is to stand trial at an unspecified date.

 

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10:02AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

so sadly noted........... petition signed

4:51PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Beth S

Get an education.

In fact, Alawites are not regarded as Muslims by the majority of other Muslims. So, Assad, the legitimate President of Syria is hardly a Muslim dictator.

And, as I know for a fact, have proven with links and others have confirmed, Syria is a secular country.

But you wouldn't care about the truth, would you? That wouldn't fit with your hate agenda, would it?

1:03PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Read a great recent travel memoir by an American Brooke Allen. The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria. Syria is indeed secular and very welcoming to tourists. I hope they prevail against Israel.

12:52PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Right Beth S.

So the 100s of people killed and maimed today in Damascus were killed by unarmed protesters, were they?

6:01AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

It has been said that Daddy Hafez Assad massacred 20,000 Sunnis in Hama in 1982. He might not have an Islamist government, but he and his subjects are Muslims. Syria is in the heart of the Levant, and the vast majority of the Syrian population are Muslims, living in a Muslim culture, with a Muslim dictator with all of the tyrannical, and cruel trappings prevalent in a vast swath of population steeped in 1400 year old Islamic culture.

I think there is little doubt in ANY of the Islamic governments in the Middle East that sonny-boy is just as bad, which is why they're all calling for Assad to step down and even be tried. There's no way that Israel could have provoked the response of Arab leaders all across the region against Assad.

Some people will blame the Israelis for everything, their morning constipation, the fact that they had a dental cavity, that it didn't rain, Fatima's stains didn't come out from her underwear. John D. is a sorry, sorry Jewphobe, and one of the biggest hypocrites Care2 has ever had posting on their threads.

5:28PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Sherry. No one is blaming "protesters". There is an armed insurrection going on against a legal and elected government. It's certainly not the Syrian army firing from rooftops at them. Why would it have to? Furthermore, the insurrection is financed and directed from outside by groups wishing for a compliant government in Syria which would allow the Zionist Entity a free rein in the ME. rian military personnel have been killed by these supposedly peaceful "protesters"? Do you know that a million strong rally in support of Assad took place in Damascus a couple of weeks ago?

Of course not. You have swallowed the propaganda spewed out by media whih have an axe to grind. A compliant Syria is being sought by Zionist Imperialist forces.

2:52PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

This has to STOP killing of people who want a better government. George M. That's right always blame the protesters. There have killings in Syria maybe not the ones in this article but others.

12:03PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Kasia Y

Why do people such as you come to these threads in a state of total ignorance? Syria is a secular country, There is no "Islamic Republic of..." in its formal name. Nor is a dictatorship, although the system might, at a pinch, be called authoritarian.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html

Country name:

conventional long form: Syrian Arab Republic
conventional short form: Syria
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Arabiyah as Suriyah

elections:

president approved by popular referendum for a second seven-year term (no term limits); referendum last held on 27 May 2007 (next to be held in May 2014); the president appoints the vice presidents, prime minister, and deputy prime ministers
election results: Bashar al-ASAD approved as president; percent of vote - Bashar al-ASAD 97.6%, other 2.4%

Legislative branch:

unicameral People's Council or Majlis al-Shaab (250 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held on 22-23 April 2007 (next to be held in 2011)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NPF 172, independents 78

11:59AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Kasia Y

Why do people such as you come to these threads in a state of total ignorance? Syria is a secular country, There is no "Islamic Republic of..." in its formal name. Nor is a dictatorship, although the system might, at a pinch, be called authoritarian.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html

Country name:

conventional long form: Syrian Arab Republic
conventional short form: Syria
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Arabiyah as Suriyah

elections:

president approved by popular referendum for a second seven-year term (no term limits); referendum last held on 27 May 2007 (next to be held in May 2014); the president appoints the vice presidents, prime minister, and deputy prime ministers
election results: Bashar al-ASAD approved as president; percent of vote - Bashar al-ASAD 97.6%, other 2.4%

Legislative branch:

unicameral People's Council or Majlis al-Shaab (250 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held on 22-23 April 2007 (next to be held in 2011)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NPF 172, independents 78

10:51AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

This is unsurprising coming from a Muslim Dictatorship. If the west really wants to bring peace they will make great efforts to assist in the secularization of Religious Dictatorships. There can be no peace when religion is permitted to infect people's minds.

Therapy, not prayer, not religion, not sociopathic leadership.

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