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Syria Blocks UN Monitors From “Massacre” Investigation

Syria Blocks UN Monitors From “Massacre” Investigation

United Nations monitors report that the Syrian army is preventing them from reaching the village of Qubair where the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has reported that at least78 civilians — some say as many as 100 including some 20 children and 20 women — have been massacred. If verified, this would be the fourth mass killing in Syria in less than two weeks.

General Robert Mood, the leader of the UN observer mission, says that army checkpoints and civilians have been blocking access to Qubair. The civilians are apparently pro-government armed militiamen known as the shabiha and have indicated that the safety of the observers could be at risk if they week to enter the village.

Syria’s government has denied any role in the killings, attributing them to a “terrorist group,” the phrase it has used throughout the uprising to ascribe the violence to. Over 15,000 have been killed since the uprising started in March of 2011, with an apparent upsurge in violence in the weeks since the UN observer team has been in Syria under the terms of a cease-fire negotiated by UN envoy Kofi Annan. At the end of last week, the rebel Free Syrian Army indicated that it would no longer honor the cease-fire unless the regime of President Bashar al-Assad ended violence.

Instead, with the reports about Qubair, the violence seems to have increased. Mousab al-Hamadee, an activist in Hama, has told Al Jazeera that the attacks in Qubair recall those committed last month in Houla. Syrian troops had first shelled the village then brutally slaughtered people with “most of victims … burnt in their houses, many of them were slaughtered by knives in a very ugly way.”

With what the Guardian calls a de facto civil war overtaking the country, Western and Arab leaders have been meeting in Istanbul to discuss the crisis. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton increased her criticism of Assad on Thursday and insisted that a “full transfer of power” occur. More than 55 countries are demanding Assad’s resignation but Russia and China, Syria’s allies, have continued to block any demands that Assad step down. Russia has proposed that an international conference on Syria must include another key ally of Damascus, Iran; British foreign minister William Hague stated that “the inclusion of Iran in any such group would probably render it unworkable.” A full meeting of the group the Friends of Syria is to occur in Paris on July 6.

Al Jazeera reports that Syrian opposition activists belonging to the Qatar-based Syrian National Council (SNC) have created a $300 million fund to support the rebels fighting the regime’s forces. Wael Merza, secretary-general of the FNC, says that half of the funds raised has been used.

 

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5:29AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

"There are none so blind than those that will not see".
Thanks Kristina, but i'm just not in the mood to play with these naysayers this early in the morning...

2:16AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Continued: And about Houla ... I have seen MANY interviews with witnesses to these attacks, ALL of them said it was the rebel groups who committed the massacre. It was said that those murdered (assassinated at close range) were all killed "because they were known as supporters of the Assad government". In fact, one man pointed out that clearly visible in one of the videos of the dead children is a boy wearing an arm band that indicates support for the government. They were killed because they support their government!! So WHY would their government's military kill citizens, at very close range, with clear indication of being government supporters??? Think about it ...

I could go on for pages giving you the FACTS of what is going on in Syria, including links to MANY news reports from the ground, and video interviews with people there ... but Kristina Chew will simply ignore the facts and continue to spew the lies of the U.S. and other war mongers. While those of you too lazy to do the research will blindly go along with the lies ... just remember Iraq ... and PLEASE use your brain and common sense ... think about it ...

2:10AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Continued: These rebel "terrorists" have been trained, funded, armed, and given orders by many countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, U.S., and Israel) whose main purpose is to overthrow a democratically-elected government, who happens to have strong support of over 80% of their citizens, in order to clear their way to attack Iran and fully take control of the middle east!! It is important to note Qatar as a main supporter of these terrorist groups. It is the Qatar-based Al Quida groups who the U.S. recently met with and loaded them with ammunition and money, just prior to the major increase in large deadly attacks in Syria. After which Al Quida admitted responsibility AND the U.S. confirmed that Al Quida was involved. ALSO ... Qatar is where the headquarters of Al Jazeera English are located! Think about it ...

And about Houla ... I have seen MANY interviews with witnesses to these attacks, ALL of them said it was the rebel groups who committed the massacre. It was said that those murdered (assassinated at close range) were all killed "because they were known as supporters of the Assad government". In fact, one man pointed out that clearly visible in one of the videos of the dead children is a boy wearing an arm band that indicates support for the government. They were killed because they support their government!! So WHY would their government's military kill citizens, at very close range, with clear indication of being government supporters??? Think about i

2:09AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

"AL JAZEERA reports that Syrian opposition activists belonging to the Qatar-based Syrian National Council (SNC) have created a $300 million fund to support the rebels fighting the regime’s forces."

Kristina Chew: You obviously are hell bent on supporting the LIES of the western media! First of all, Al Jazeera English has been exposed for their fabricated stories on Syria, as well as staging FAKE video footage to give the impression that the Syrian army is attacking their citizens. There are video interviews of former Al Jazeera station producers and managers explaining how they were to stage the videos and twist what was really happening on the ground into stories that were quite the opposite. They quit their positions at the stations because they could not stand to spread the lies anymore. Many videos had been exposed as being totally faked ... yet there was NO news of that in western media!

These rebel "terrorists" have been trained, funded, armed, and given orders by many countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, U.S., and Israel) whose main purpose is to overthrow a democratically-elected government, who happens to have strong support of over 80% of their citizens, in order to clear their way to attack Iran and fully take control of the middle east!! It is important to note Qatar as a main supporter of these terrorist groups. It is the Qatar-based Al Quida groups who the U.S. recently met with and loaded them with ammunition and money, just prior to the m

12:13PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

horrible

5:20PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

It is rime to get off the pot and do somehting to end the repressive and violent regime once and for all.

1:42PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

"The civilians ... have indicated that the safety of the observers could be at risk if they week to enter the village."
Seems reasonable to me. And the monitors were allowed in later today.

Kristina seems determined to blame the legitimately-elected Syrian government for all atrocities, even to the point of continuing to promote the views of the now heavily-discredited Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (though she now concedes it's UK based), although both sides are in agreement that rogue groups supporting one side or the other are responsible for the worst massacres.

1:17PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

And Florida Republicans block people from voting... The pot calling the kettle black?

11:06AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Hello Kristina
I imagine that you are not responsible for the title given to your article. However, you might point out that the quotation marks around the word 'massacre' in standard English mean the 'so-called massacre,' which is not the meaning I suppose you meant to put across.

6:50AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thank you for the article...

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