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Attack on #Syria village targeted rebels, activists: UN
DAMASCUS (AFP) - The Syrian village of Treimsa, where monitors say more than 150 people were slaughtered, bears signs of having been pounded with heavy weapons, the UN mission said on Saturday.
The homes of rebels and activists had borne the brunt, a statement added, referring to “pools and pools of blood spatters”.
Sausan Ghosheh, spokeswoman for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, said a team of observers had visited the village in central Syria on Saturday.
“On the basis of this preliminary mission, UNSMIS can confirm that an attack, using a variety of weapons, took place in Treimsa on July 12,” she said in a statement, without specifying who may have carried out the attack.
Activists say more than 150 people were killed in Thursday’s attack, which they allege was carried out by the army, backed by pro-regime militiamen known as shabiha (“ghosts” in Arabic).
Syria’s military however said the army had killed “many terrorists” in Treimsa, but no civilians, in a “special operation… targeting armed terrorist groups and their leadership hide-outs.”
Ghosheh said a “wide range of weapons were used, including artillery, mortars and small arms.”
“The attack on Treimsa appeared targeted at specific groups and houses, mainly of army defectors and activists. There were pools of blood and blood spatters in rooms of several homes together with bullet cases.
“The UN team also observed a burned school and damaged houses with signs of internal burning in five of them.”
The number of casualties was still unclear, she added.
The Treimsa killings have triggered a global outcry against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon calling for urgent action to stop the bloodshed.
The head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP it “might be the biggest massacre committed in Syria since the start of the revolution” against Assad in March 2011.
If confirmed, the 150-plus toll would exceed that of a massacre at Houla on May 25, when a pro-Assad militia and government forces were accused of killing at least 108 people.
Ghosheh said the observers planned to return to Treimsa on Sunday for further investigations.
“UNSMIS is deeply concerned about the escalating level of violence in Syria and calls on the government to cease the use of heavy weapons on population centres and on the parties to put down their weapons and choose the path of non-violence for the welfare of the Syrian people who have suffered enough,” she said.
The Observatory said earlier that Syrian troops and pro-regime militias had stormed and torched a town in southern Syria on Saturday.
Hundreds of soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked Khirbet Ghazaleh in the province of Daraa — the cradle of a 16-month uprising — amid heavy gunfire, the watchdog said.
An activist on the ground who identified himself as Bayan Ahmad gave a similar account, saying pro-regime militias has set alight houses in the town.
“The army entered without resistance as the rebel Free Syrian Army left town. The shelling has wounded dozens of people but we don’t have medical resources to treat them,” he added.
Elsewhere, a pregnant woman was among 72 people killed across the country on Saturday, the Observatory said, a day after 118 people died including dozens of civilians gunned down by troops at anti-regime protests.
Those killed were 34 civilians — including nine women and seven children — 17 rebels and at least 21 soldiers, it said.
An AFP journalist said fighting Saturday near the Turkish border between government troops and rebel fighters had left at least 10 rebels dead and 15 wounded.
Treimsa is near Al-Kubeir, where at least 55 people were killed on July 6, according to the Observatory. Like Al-Kubeir, Treimsa is a majority Sunni village situated near Alawite hamlets.
Assad belongs to the Alawite community — an offshoot of Shiite Islam — although most Syrians are Sunni.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon lashed out at the Syrian regime and called for the UN Security Council to urgently act to stop the bloodshed, as failing to do so would give “a licence for further massacres.”
The Treimsa killings have added urgency to deadlocked Security Council negotiations on a Syria resolution.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said on Twitter that the killings “dramatically illustrate the need for binding measures on Syria” by the council.
Western nations have proposed a resolution that would impose sanctions on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the conflict, which rights activists say has cost more than 17,000 lives.
Britain, France, the United States, Germany and Portugal have proposed a resolution that would give Assad 10 days to stop the use of heavy weapons, in line with the Annan plan, or face sanctions.
They also want to give the UN observer mission a new mandate, but for only 45 days. Their mandate ends on July 20.
Russia has rejected as unacceptable any use of sanctions. It is proposing a rival resolution that renews the mandate of UNSMIS for 90 days.
Kofi Annan meets with #Syria’n president; Qatar says it’s time to send troops
(CNN) — A former United Nations secretary-general met with Syria’s president Saturday in the latest diplomatic attempt to halt the bloodshed in the country.
But on the same morning, at least 12 people died from fresh violence across Syria, opposition activists said.
Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League, met President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus “to seek an urgent end to … human rights violations and to initiate efforts to promote a peaceful solution” to the violence that has wracked the country for nearly a year, his spokesman said.
Annan will meet with other groups later in the day, said Ahmad Fawzi, his spokesman. Those others may include opposition, civil society and women’s groups, he said.
Abdel Aziz al-Khair, a member of the opposition Executive Committee of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic Change, said he is scheduled to meet Annan on Saturday afternoon. He said Annan’s visit with al-Assad “is a small sign of hope, yet so dim.”
“There is no way that we can have any dialogue with the regime until the security campaign ends,” al-Khair said. “They keep playing the victim role, (saying) that they are defending the innocent civilians while they slaughter them and blame the bloodshed on others.”
Annan will stay overnight in Damascus to see if he can get a response Sunday, according to his spokesman.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that in a telephone call Friday, he urged Annan “to ensure that there must be an immediate cease-fire” followed by “an inclusive political solution.” Ban said he also asked his predecessor to facilitate humanitarian assistance and access.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Annan will “try to broker a swift transition in which ultimately Assad steps aside and the people of Syria are able to choose an interim government that’s representative and leads to elections.”
Rice said she wants the situation to be resolved peacefully, “to the extent that that remains still a viable outcome.”
But violent clashes between government forces and defected soldiers in the town of Daraya left several people dead Saturday, opposition activists said.
Two regime soldiers and three defected soldiers were killed in the clashes, and one civilian was later killed by security forces, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group.
Six other deaths took place in Idlib, Daraa and the Damascus countryside, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, another opposition group.
And in the Daraa village of Jezah, “the regime’s army is indiscriminately bombing the city with anti-aircraft missiles. They village is under siege in all directions,” said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.
The reports come a day after 85 people were killed across Syria, the LCC said.
“It is time to send Arab and international troops to Syria,” Qatar’s prime minister and foreign affairs minister, Sheikh Hamad ibn Jassem Al Thani, said Saturday. “I urge everyone in the Syrian opposition to unite and for everyone to recognize the Syrian National Council as Syria’s representative.”
A video uploaded to YouTube purportedly shot in Homs shows a dead body, its head blown off by shrapnel.
“This is Bashar Assad’s message to us. This is how he is welcoming Kofi Annan’s visit,” a man’s voice on the video says. “We ask the Arab world to look at this dead body, to the whole world, to Kofi Annan — look at our sufferings. This old man was killed for no reason. … May God curse you, Bashar.”
CNN cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
The violence has fueled a humanitarian crisis, with residents and opposition activists reporting scarce or no access to food, running water, electricity and medical supplies in some areas.
During a visit to Syria this week, Valerie Amos, the U.N. humanitarian chief, said she had submitted a proposal to Syria for “unhindered” aid-worker access and asked the government to respond urgently.
Amos said the Syrian government “asked for more time to look at the agreement that I put to them.”
She visited Homs and parts of the Baba Amr neighborhood — the anti-government bastion that endured weeks of government pounding.
“I was horrified by the destruction I saw,” she said. “Almost all the buildings had been destroyed and there were hardly any people left there. I am extremely concerned as to the whereabouts of the people who have been displaced from Baba Amr.”
The brutality in Syria has prompted as many as 2,000 people to flee to Lebanon and hundreds to Turkey, officials said.
The semi-official Turkish news agency also reported that seven Syrian officers have joined the opposition and entered Turkey from Hatay province. The defectors include four generals, two colonels and one lieutenant colonel, Anatolian said, citing local authorities.
But senior U.S. intelligence officials said Friday that they see no signs of significant deterioration of support for al-Assad by his inner circle.
The officials, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity, said that the defections so far have been of lower-level officials and those in the military. None of those defections, including the group of military officers who reportedly defected this week, is close enough to al-Assad to truly make a difference, the senior intelligence officials said.
The United Nations says more than 7,500 have died in the past year, and at least one activist group says more than 9,000 people have been killed.
CNN cannot independently confirm opposition or government reports of casualties or attacks from across Syria because the government has severely restricted the access of international journalists. But the vast majority of reports from from inside Syria indicate the government is slaughtering civilians in an attempt to quash dissidents seeking al-Assad’s ouster.
Syrian government warned of the consequences for journalists trying to sneak into the country.
“The Information Ministry is monitoring the illegal entry of some correspondents from Arab and foreign media establishments into Syria, in addition to monitoring the employment of correspondents illegally, affirming that it will take the necessary legal steps against these individuals and establishments,” the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Saturday.
The Syrian regime has consistently blamed violence in the country on “armed terrorist groups.” But many aren’t buying that line.
“From the beginning of the revolution, the regime played the same boring record that they are fighting armed gangs, terrorists, militants, saboteurs, but everyone knows that this is nonsense, a silly propaganda,” al-Khair said. “99% of the people on the ground are average Syrian citizens who want a better tomorrow and a true democracy.”
CNN’s Amir Ahmed, Barbara Starr, Talia Kayali, Hamdi Alkhshali, Salma Abdelaziz and Nada Husseini contributed to this report.
Yes, US should bomb the Syrian regime #Syria
07/03/12 Mustafa Akyol
Every single day, the Syrian tyranny is slaughtering dozens of innocent citizens. In the city of Homs, which was bombed and occupied by the soldiers and gangs of the regime, a total massacre was committed against men, including young boys.
According to eyewitnesses, soldiers even slit the throats of 12-year-olds. Add this to the thousands of other horrific episodes, which include not just slaughter but torture of the most evil kind, such as raping boys in front of their fathers.
If nothing is done to stop the regime of Bashar al-Assad and his fellow thugs, this slaughter, which has already claimed 7,500 lives, will go on an on. For these monsters have enough friends outside – such as Iran, Russia and China – to keep on killing.
But what should be done? Countries like Turkey have tried and exhausted all diplomatic efforts to persuade the regime to stop killing its own people. Condemnations and sanctions have proven ineffective. Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition, including the heroic Free Syrian Army, has proven brave enough to keep on resisting.
So, if the military situation does not change, the slaughter will go on. As Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu put it well, Syria will be like the former Yugoslavia, in which a state army (then the Serbian one) will butcher whole populations (then Bosnians and Kosovars.)
So, something certainly should be done to change the military situation. And there are two ways of doing it.
The first is to arm the opposition. My take on this is: yes, by all means. The opposition has already been supplied some light weapons by various countries, but they certainly should be given more, such as anti-tank arms.
But this is not going to solve the problem. It will probably turn the state massacre into civil war, with more and more people dying, this time on both sides.
That is why we need the second way as well: Air strikes against the regime, and especially its military installments, including the units that besiege cities like Homs – just like the air strikes against the forces of Slobodan Milosevic in Yugoslavia or the forces on Moammar Gadhafi in Libya.
I know that Syria is more complicated than Libya, as the country is not divided clearly between “government” and “rebels.” Yet still, pinpoint bombings against the military and intelligence backbone of the regime should be possible.
As a Turk, I would love Turkey to play a role here, and take military action against the Syrian regime in order to save the Syrian people. But that is not a realistic option. The very fact that we are neighbors forces Turkey to be cautious: We have to avoid a conflict that will hurt us.
But there is another country, which is far enough away to be safe, and powerful enough to act: the United States.
Unfortunately, so far, the United States has shied away from this option. However, Senator John McCain took the bold step the other day, saying, explicitly, “The United States should bomb Syria.” The only realistic way to stop al-Assad’s forces, he said, was with foreign airpower, and the U.S. was the only county who could do that. TheAmerican air force should “suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country,” he added, with the aim of creating “safe havens” where “opposition forces can organize and plan their political and military activities against al-Assad.”
Senator McCain is right, and I support him on this issue. Those who would tell us why he is wrong should do something other than ranting about “American imperialism,” for we are not speaking about an occupation here. And they should tell us whether they have any better idea about how to end the slaughter in Syria.
Major assault on #Syria’n city of Homs - at least 7,000 flee
Sunday February 26, 2012
AVAAZ BREAKING NEWS
Major assault on Syrian city of Homs - at least 7,000 flee
An unprecedented attack by Syrian government forces, with heavy shelling across six districts of Homs, began around 19.30 local time (17.30GMT) today.
Avaaz citizen journalists reported at least 2,000 refugees attempting to flee are trapped in the city’s suburbs, with another 5,000 blocked by regime forces on the outskirts of Jobar. The districts under attack are Sultaniya, Jobar, Kafar Aya, Jouret al Araiss and Baba Amr.
Attempts to flee the city were halted as roads out are being shelled by the Syrian army.
Shabiha government militia have taken six Sunni families hostage in the city, creating panic with news circulating that they have been slaughtered.
Syrian activists supported by Avaaz’s humanitarian aid programme are close to these locations and are assisting the refugees, with blankets and medical supplies. However they are urgently requesting baby formula, food and clean water.
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