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Over 10,000 Have Died in the Syrian Uprising (Video)

Over 10,000 Have Died in the Syrian Uprising (Video)

Over 10,000 people have now been killed in the Syrian uprising, which began over a year ago in the southern city of Dera’a. According to the United Nations, the level of violence in Syria remains “unacceptable,” in the face of an April 12 call for a ceasefire. International pressure on Syria to end the violence has only grown as opposition strongholds such as Homs and Idlib have been besieged and bombarded.

Hundreds of UN monitors have been deployed in Syria to monitor the regime’s compliance with the peace plan with inconclusive results, in part because of the Syrian government’s restrictions on their travel. On Tuesday, May 15, six monitors were caught in an attack in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib after Syrian forces fired on a funeral procession. They were returned to their base in Hama the following day. Al Jazeera reports that a UN spokesperson describes three UN vehicles as being damaged by an “improvised explosive device.” A video shows the UN monitors leaving Khan Shiekhoun with the damaged vehicles being hauled away on trucks.

Parliamentary elections were held on May 7 with the ruing Ba’ath Party winning two-thirds of the seats in the 250-member parliament and the government’s election commission claiming that turnout was 51 percent. But amateur videos showed cities including Homs, Hama and Dera’a all but shut down to protest the elections.

In a rare television interview with Russiya 24, a Russian state TV station, President Bashar al-Assad reiterated many of the same positions about the protests and the opposition that he has been making during the past 15 months. Assad blamed foreign-backed terrorists for the violence and asserted that last week’s parliamentary elections had not been widely boycotted:

“We have an acute problem with terrorism. Terrorists don’t care about reform, they are not fighting for reform.”

Assad claimed that the majority of Syrians support the regime and that “foreign mercenaries” from other Arab countries are fighting for the opposition.

The protests in Syria began peacefully following the arrest of a group of teenagers for writing anti-regime graffiti in Dera’a. Activists, says the New York Times, contend that the opposition has only armed itself in the face of a continuous bloody crackdown by security forces and the Syrian army, under the orders of Assad’s government. In Damascus, a protest movement, “Stop the Killing,” has emerged, with the aim of restoring the protests to their original peaceful form; many of the nascent movement’s organizers have been arrested.


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1:57AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Again horrific.

1:00PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Sheila since I wrote on the 17th of May, it would have impossible to see the news of the evening of the 18th.

The Syrian military has shown restraint, hell, 10,000 dead, we kill double that amount here in America, with our hand guns.

2:39AM PDT on May 19, 2012

When will the world react to this genicide????

2:32AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Michael C.

"If this where a truly popular uprising, where are the masses?"

Did you not see the news last night? A massive demonstration in Aleppo (which has a large Alawite population - the regime being Alawite), with thousands of unarmed people on the streets as well as UN observers. And still the army was shooting on them.

Yes, with all the death and destruction wrought by this regime, even its own co-religionists are protesting against it. And the regime will even fire on them.

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1:07AM PDT on May 19, 2012

So sad.

8:50AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Stefan D. You seem to lack to true definition of genocide, perhaps you should confer with an American Indian.

Sheeple, Stop all this nonsense, ask your selves this question...If this uprising were to occur in the US or Briton, what would be the outcome?

I cannot speak for Briton, but I know full well that your "leaders" in Washington would crush it in a New York minute.

If this where a truly popular uprising, where are the masses? One year later and the opposition is merely running around, city after another. The Syrian Army could have crushed them long ago, if anything, they have shown great restraint.

It appears that Amerika has truly become a nation with WAR constantly on its mind.

How can you applaud for on side or the other, when most of you cannot even find Syria on a map.

9:15PM PDT on May 17, 2012

pardon the obvious: this is f--ked up.

5:55PM PDT on May 17, 2012

One can only hope that Assad's days are numbered as President. But let's hope his replacement isn't worse.

3:59PM PDT on May 17, 2012

the mantra used to be "oh god we didn't know" ie dafur/ serbia in the nineties
now with social media and all of the world watching there is no excuse
so what are the world leaders doing
where are the world leaders

1:57PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Stefan D....
You must watch FOX News then, because only a broadcaster like FOX would come up with a headline along the lines you wrote....

"Anyone who thinks China's goal is anything but a world dominated and ruled by the Chinese communist party, doesn't read, watch TV".

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