Prior to the uprising, and the Syrian government’s bloody suppression of it, trade between Turkey and Syria had been steadily growing to $2.5 billion in 2009, up from $795 million in 2006.
Kuwait is one of a number of Arab countries who have now advised their citizens to leave Syria.
More Killings, Including 2 Women and 2 Children
In another sign that civil war is more and more likely in Syria, if not already occurring, the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main opposition group, has announced that it and the Free Syria Army (FSA), which is made up of defectors from the Syrian army, have made an agreement. The SNC and the FDA had met in southern Turkey on Monday; SNC member Khaled Khoja says that “the council recognised the Free Syrian Army as a reality, while the army recognised the council as the political representative [of the opposition].”
Just on Wednesday, at least 15 people were killed including two women and two children. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also report that seven soldiers were killed in the southern town of Dael while security forces were rounding up and arresting some 100 opposition activists.
On Friday, the day when protests have often been held throughout the past months, the opposition plans to hold demonstrations calling for a border “buffer zone” to protect civilians.
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