Syria Expels Diplomats; Assad Denies Houla Massacre

Syria has announced that the US, UK, French, Swiss, Italian, Spanish Turkish ambassadors are “personae non gratae” and barred them from the country. Last week, a number of Western nations had expelled Syrian envoys, in response to the massacre in Houla that left 108 dead. Many of the countries mentioned in Syria’s extradition order had already recalled their diplomats. The latest move by Damascus underscores the extent to which diplomatic relations among Syria and other countries have declined.

Syria did announce that it had signed an agreement to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Within days, nine UN agencies and seven other non-governmental organisations should be allowed to enter Deraa, Deir el-Zour, Homs and Idlib, all cities that have been centers of anti-government protest and of some of the fiercest crackdown by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. John Ging of the UN office for the co-ordination of humanitarian affairs said in the Guardian that it is not clear if this was a “breakthrough” or not. Some one million Syrians are in need of aid; they have been injured during the assaults or their families have lost jobs and homes.

In addition, more than 78,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey where they are receiving aid.

These announcements occurred as China and Russia restated their opposition to foreign intervention in Syria. A representative from China’s foreign ministry emphasized that both countries do not support a forced regime change in Syria and called for all sides to back the United Nation envoy’s six-point peace plan.

On Monday, the rebel Free Syrian Army had announced that it was no longer honoring the ceasefire called for in Annan’s peace plan. Over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the FSA had killed 80 Syrian soldiers. FSA leaders had announced last week that they would be “free of any commitment” to Annan’s peace plan if Assad did not end the violence on Friday.

Assad has blamed the rebels for the Houla massacre, saying that “monsters” would not commit such a crime. This week the Syrian president, who studied opthalmology in London, defended his regime’s crackdown on protesters and dissent in Syria by comparing his army to a surgeon saving the life of his patients: “When a surgeon … cuts and cleans and amputates, and the wound bleeds, do we say to him your hands are stained with blood? Or do we thank him for saving the patient?”


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Photo of mourners at a funeral in Duma, a suburb of Damascus, from FreedomHouse2


Parsifal Rain Satori
ParsifalAWAY S5 years ago

Thank you Robin, sad thing is suck mind manipulators are to be find in all the nwo promoting blogs, paid copy-paste journalists who have never recently travelled to Syria nor spoken to the poor ppl living there about their impression of life. These fear the same destiny as Libyand past Rottenchild - NATO invasion !
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Syrian rebels tried to get me killed, says Channel 4 correspondent

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Robin Rae Swanson
Robin S5 years ago

Article: "Syrian rebels tried to get me killed", says Channel 4 correspondent

Robin Rae Swanson
Robin S5 years ago

THANK YOU, @Parsifal Rain S.!! I am sending you a "green star" ... You are exactly right that Kristina Chew is spreading the WRONG information on Syria. She is relying on information from Al Jazeera, BBC, and other western media sources ... ALL of them pushing lies, fabricated stories, and even "staged" video footage ... the BBC and Al Jazeera have both been exposed for such disgusting, unethical, and certainly unprofessional acts!!

WAKE UP PEOPLE ... use your brains and your common sense, if you still have some!!

Parsifal Rain Satori
ParsifalAWAY S5 years ago

Kristina Chew is it deliberately you spread disinformation on Syria ?
Or is what you make here just plain copy-paste journalism to promote MORE atrocities against the Syrian Population, expressed in one word the 'New World Order' ?

This is to prove where your FALSE information you spread comes from:
West's Syrian Narrative Based on "Guy in British Apartment"

Good luck disinforming and stir up unknowing, innocent good minded kill2 sheeple !

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Is he deporting possible witnesses to his atrocities? Will the expulsion of the diplomats make things better or worse? Should the defecation hit the ventilation expelled diplomats can no longer be used as hostages. Also they will not be collateral damage if some foreign entity decides to intercede or intervene.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

I can't believe the President would say anything so horrific!

Chris Cole
Chris C5 years ago

I suspect Assad's time is short! One can hope anyway.

Murray C.
Murray C5 years ago

Let me see..Assad or the Muslim Brotherhood....which one is the better choice...ask Israel which of the two they would sure isn't the brotherhood....have you all not noticed that minority groups in those 'Arab Spring' countries are now at risk...what started off as a young educated secular group of people asking for better conditions and viable employment has been taken over by the Islamic hard core...wake up people...these/those dictators may not have been 'perfect', but the alternatives are much worse...