UN Security Council Condemns Use of Force in Syria (VIDEO)


As the city of Hama was rocketed by explosions fourth straight day, the 15-member United Nations Security Council has issued a statement condemning “widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.” Al Jazeera notes that the Security Council has been struggling since Monday to respond to the latest round of violence in Syria. While European nations and the US have sought a tough condemnation about the crackdown on protesters by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, other member nations including Russia and China have blocked such action on the grounds that it could lead to a military intervention like that in Libya.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that Assad has “lost all sense of humanity.” European nations had called for an investigation into the crackdown. While this was left out of the resulting “council statement” (not a resolution), the statement does contain phrasing calling “on all sides to refrain from violence, including violence against the state” and modifications insisted on by Russia. Lebanon, Syria’s neighbor, has disassociated itself from the statement.

Reporting from Beirut, Al Jazeera‘s Rula Amin said that the UN statement is “one step forward” for the Syrian people who “don’t want military intervention. They want more support – not just from European countries – but from neighbouring Arab countries and Turkey.”

This video shows an evening demonstration in Damascus, the capital of Syria, that started from the Mosque of Hassan Abu Rummana, close to Umayyad Square.

On Wednesday, the White House also hardened its stance against Assad with spokesman Jay Carney saying “We do not want to see him remain in Syria for stability’s sake and, rather, we view him as the cause of instability in Syria.”

With 100 tanks now occupying Hama, including the main central Assi Square — the site of mass anti-Assad rallies in previous weeks — residents have been trying to flee, only to be met with live fire from security forces and army troops if they do not respond to orders to return inside.

Television and internet lines have been cut and there are reports that buildings and homes have been destroyed in the shelling. According to the BBC, other reports describe piles of bodies in the city streets. The video below is said to show Hama under fire.


At least 140 people have been killed in Hama since Sunday. The Syrian government’s brutal suppression of Hama for the past few days chillingly recalls the killing of at least 10,000 in 1982, when Assad’s father, then-President Hafez Assad, put down an Islamist uprising. The crackdown is not limited to Hama: 200 tanks have also seen near the eastern town of Deir al-Zour and a 9-year-old child, Bara’a Mahmod Qabro, was reportedly killed in the coastal city of Latakia on Tuesday. There have been other reports of tanks in the city of Homs.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says that 1,629 civilians and 374 members of the security forces have been killed since protests began in the southern city of Daraa.

The Syrian government is accused of using the attention focused on former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak‘s trial to “finish off Hama,” says a resident in the Guardian.

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Michael M.
Michael M6 years ago

Like anyone cares what the UN security council says ?

myra d.
myra d6 years ago

The United Nations is a big disappointment. Well, lets say one of the biggest disappointments. They're in good company as far as disappointments go.

Richard H.
Richard Hyde6 years ago

UN Security Council condemnation won't impress anybody. Intervention is necessary here to throw out Assad, but it should come from those countries who have not participated significantly in combatting terrorism in Afghanistan or Libya. Who will be the first to volunteer?

John B.
John B6 years ago

I see this as another ineffective attempt at doing something by the UN

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I have to start by saying...Granted Israel is just as guilty as the Palestinians for not having a two state solution by now. But let's me fair here,the UN has condemned Israel and so has the US and the condemnation has been when they have retaliated for being attacked.

Having live with Arabs, I truly believe the people involved in these uprising want a better life for themselves and peace. They have been supressed for so many years that they are tired of it. They are tired also of the terrorism and wars that have gotten them nowhere. Of course they want to hear and have support from neighboring Arab states but I fear that will be a cold day in hell. Mainly because many of their neighbors are doing the same thing to their people that Assad and his father before him were and are doing.

For the UN to take action yes, but no more intervention by the US. We are not trusted by anyone in the Middle East and that includes many Israeli's so let them work out their difference with their countries and with each other.

Dominic C.
Dominic C6 years ago

The UN Security Council can do nothing here. The International Community must use force to remove the Assad regime from power.

Mark Grantham
Mark Grantham6 years ago

A leader does not always represent thne sentiments of a country, or the citizens' of a country. President Assad is displaying some tactics that are abhorable to the outside, but I have to remember, that in many cases, President Assad is "doing what he is told". We have seen this in many Western countries, and it is okay, but when it is done elsewhere, it is condemmed.
The country, the people, the History, the culture and the food of Syria are fantastic, at this time of unrest and frustration, I urge many to not condemn, but have sympathy and understanding.
The U.S. does not dare to condemn Israel for its' flagrant abuses of Human Rights, after all, Israel purchases many weapons of mass destruction from the U.S., perhaps President George W. Bush should have looked at Israel for these WMD!

mary l.
mary l6 years ago


Mary P.
Mary P6 years ago

Thank you for interesting article. Condemnations Galore!
Makes me wonder, Why? the security council and US Regime,
Never Condemns, Israel, for all the violence and murders, against
Palestinians! Bombs explodes, Bodies fall, babies shot, homes destroyed! Yet
Only Silence prevails