Syria: Watch Another Child Suffer (Video)

Despite the presence of 271 United Nation monitors, despite a 6-point peace proposal negotiated by Kofi Annan on April 12, the violence in Syria has continued for 15 straight months. At least 90 civilians were killed in Homs on Friday when government forces shelled and attacked the town of Houla with mortars and machine guns. Al Jazeera also says that an entire family of six died when their house was shelled.

Activists say thirteen children were among those killed with the BBC’s Jim Muir describing an “unverifiable” video showing “the bloodstained and mangled bodies of many children huddled on a floor in the dark, with the commentator shouting that there were too many to count.” The video, which is here, is horrifying.

At least five people were killed in other parts of the country including Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, where at least 10,000 protested and were met with security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition into the crowd.

UN Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon blamed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for “unacceptable levels of violence and abuses” in Syria. In a letter to the UN Security Council issued on Friday, Ban said that, while the presence of the UN monitors on the ground seems to have a “calming effect,” Assad’s government must pledge immediately to stop the violence, withdraw troops and heavy weapons from populated areas, allow humanitarian workers into the country and end human rights abuses. Ban said that there has been “small progress” in implementing Annan’s peace plan but “the overall level of violence in the country remains quite high” and thesituation “poses serious challenges” for the UN mission — whose leader, General Roger Mood, and his convoy narrowly missed being hit by a bomb last week.

In his letter, Ban also said that the “sophistication” of bombings earlier this month in Damascus suggested that they were the work of a terrorist group. The Syrian government has blamed the attacks on Al-Qaeda. The explosions indeed occurred “amid mounting fears that the terrorist group was taking advantage of the conflict to gain a foothold,” says the BBC.

Over 10,000 people have been killed in the 15-month conflict whose effects on the region are becoming more apparent. The New York Times describes how Iran — aware that Assad, the leader of its ally and bridge to the rest of the Arab world, Syria, could fall — has undertaken an “ardent courtship” of the Lebanese government, by “financing public projects” including building “closer ties through cultural, military and economic agreements.”

Annan will be making a trip to Damascus early next week, according to diplomats in Geneva. But as has been said too many times during the past year, this attempt to end the conflict and the violence seems too little and too, too late.

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Photo by Freedom House

22 comments

Huber F.
Huber F.3 years ago

Too many people have died without making a difference to these tyrants. What a shame to the promises of the dictators. When will the country move forward?

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A.4 years ago

The water is very muddy in Syria. On one hand I wish the UN allows an all out attack on Asad's troops and remove him from power. On the other hand we know what happens when US and other forces go in. The killing does not end but the suffering multiplies and many more are killed, made homeless, properties destroyed and the countries sent back to the stone ages.

If there is oil to be stolen then the corporates and unscrupulous rulers take full advantage of enriching themselves without any regard for others rights.

I don't know the answer but surely something needs to done .... I feel for the innocent people

Robin Rae Swanson
Robin Rae S.4 years ago

By the way ... Al Jazeera has recently been exposed for not only fabricating false news on Syria, but also "staging" video footage that implies government attacks. That is criminal!! Yet Al-Jazeera continues to spread fake news ... the worst part is that YOU people believe it!!

Also that family of six that were killed in the bomb attack ... were NOT in Syria ... that was in Afghanistan ... it was a father, mother, and their four children ... MURDERED BY THE U.S. MILITARY!!

Robin Rae Swanson
Robin Rae S.4 years ago

It IS NOT the Syrian government doing these murders ... it is the terrorist rebel Al-Quida gangs, funded and armed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey AND the U.S. doing the killings!! Most all of those murdered in this incident were killed execution-style with a bullet to the head. It is the act of terrorist rebels, not the government!! Al-Quida even admitted responsibility for a few of the recent attacks AND the UN even acknowledged that Al-Quida was involved! Think about it people ... WHO benefits from the increased violence? Not the Syrian government!

The U.S. and Israel have been planning to gain control of Syria for years, in order to cut Syria's alliance with Iran, then to have easier access for their main target ... Iran!! The U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and some European countries want the cease fire to fail ... that will then give them "reason" to invade the country (with their own forces) and overthrow the government!! All it takes is some common sense and knowing the correct news of what's going on to understand the truth ...

By the way ... Al Jazeera has recently been exposed for not only fabricating false news on Syria, but also "staging" video footage that implies government attacks. That is criminal!! Yet Al-Jazeera continues to spread fake news ... the worst part is that YOU people believe it!!

Also that family of six that were killed in the bomb attack ... were NOT in Syria ... that was in Afghanistan ... it was a father, mother, and

Carl Oerke
Carl O.4 years ago

True patriot al-Assad hopes to complete his work of unifying the Syrian people under six feet of dirt before he steps down or is taken out.

Marianna B Molnar

they will go to heaven for they were innocent victims of crimes of hatred and opression

Dominic C.
Dominic C.4 years ago

Syria is a very, very thorny issue for the West. Syria has the large support of the Iranians and numerous Islamic NGOs in the Middle East. NATO is in a very difficult position especially when the Iranians has a large say about the Ba'arthist regime. Even NATO now is in a difficult position of pressuring to change its stance to stop enriching Uranium and on the road to make nuclear weapons. So if they become hawkish and wanting to remove regime in Syria, you can definitely bet that we are going to war with Iran. Egypt and Libya are different because Gaddafi is an amoral and many Conservatives in the Middle East do not like the way he made his people poor and he kept enriching himself. Assad have many allies in the Middle East.

Robert Ludwig
Robert Ludwig4 years ago

It's all about the oil.

Sandra L.
Sandra Lynn4 years ago

What is happening in Syria makes me sick! Didnt want to watch video. Its so sad that a government would do this to its own people.

"When the power of love becomes greater than the love of power, the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Aaron H

"Why doesn't someone in the media actually ask the inhabitants what they think? Oh wait, people actually have"

And not only the demonstrations show that Assad is supported by a majority, but opinion polls carried out by respectable organisations have shown this too. As for the reforms al Assad has initiated, they were accepted by huge majorities in referendum votes that no one outside dared to call flawed, because the votes were fair. And one of those reforms that has escaped the notice of the corporate media? That the next time a president is elected, he shall not have a foreign-born wife. True patriot al-Assad hopes to complete his work of unifying the Syrian people and will then step down, having disqualified himself.