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U.S. claims Iran increasing secret aid to Syrian regime: report
BEIRUT — Red Cross teams handed out food, blankets and medical kits in central Homs province Sunday even as the government blocked access to the worst-hit district of Bab Amr.
The humanitarian group was trying to help families who fled Bab Amr
after a month-long siege and took shelter in nearby villages, said Hicham Hassan, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.
“The needs are so far mainly in the forms of food and also blankets because of the cold,” Hassan said.
Government forces have prevented humanitarian aid from reaching Bab Amr since Friday, the day after troops seized it from rebels who had been in control of the neighborhood for several months. The Assad government’s offensive in Homs aimed to secure rebel-held neighborhoods inside the city of 1 mllion.
Syrian troops managed to retake Bab Amr after nearly a month of intense and relentless shelling, and activists say hundreds were killed in the daily bombardments that preceded Thursday’s final battle. Some Bab Amr residents died when they ventured out of their homes in a desperate search for food.
Activists have said residents face a humanitarian catastrophe in Bab Amr and other parts of Homs, Syria’s third-largest city. Electricity, water and communications have been cut off, food has been running low, and recent days have seen frigid temperatures and snowfall.
The government of President Bashar al-Assad had said it would allow the Red Cross into Bab Amr on Friday but blocked access for days, citing security concerns.
During that period, activists accused Syrian forces of killing residents execution-style and burning the homes of those believed to be supporting the rebels.
Also Sunday, China, an ally of the Syrian government, offered a proposal to end the violence that called for an immediate cease-fire and talks by all parties. But China stood firm in its opposition to foreign intervention.
The proposal, posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Web site, described the situation in Syria as “grave” and urged an immediate end to all violence. It also called for humanitarian relief and negotiations mediated by the United Nations and the Arab League.
But it rejected outside interference, sanctions and attempts to oust Assad.
“We oppose anyone interfering in Syria’s internal affairs under the pretext of ‘humanitarian’ issues,” the proposal said. “China does not approve of armed interference or pushing for ‘regime change’ in Syria and believes that use or threat of sanctions does not help to resolve the issue.”
— Associated Press
Leaked video shows patients tortured by medical staff in Syrian military hospital
^^^^^^ This can lead one to suspect that human organ traffic has become a thriving business in Syria.
Saying "the time has come for a new policy" in Syria, veteran Republican Sen. John McCain called Monday for U.S.-led airstrikes on President Bashar al-Assad's forces in an effort to protect civilians from a bloody yearlong crackdown by the regime.
"The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad's forces," McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a speech on the Senate floor.
"To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defense in at least part of the country," said McCain, who has repeatedly called in recent weeks and months for a stepped-up U.S. effort to protect Syrian civilians.
McCain said "the ultimate goal of airstrikes" would be "to establish and defend safe havens in Syria" where Assad's outgunned opponents "can organize and plan their political and military activities" and points for the delivery of humanitarian and military aid "including weapons and ammunition, body armor and other personal protective equipment, tactical intelligence, secure communications equipment, food and water, and medical supplies.”
BBC News showed picture of refugees coming out of Homs. Majority of the refugees are women with children and elderly. Syrian soldiers took the husbands away from the wives and executed them. Several children were executed, too. A mother told a BBC journalist that Syrian soldiers slashed the throat of her 12-yer-old son in front of her.
Former Syrian Army soldiers, who recently defected, told the journalists that they were given orders to shoot anything that moves.
“The nation’s top military leader said Wednesday that U.S. was considering “all possible additional steps” including “potential military options” in Syria, but stressed the administration was focused on “diplomatic and political approaches rather than a military intervention.”
“What doesn’t make sense is to take unilateral action right now,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee about advising President Barack Obama to dispatch U.S. forces. “I’ve got to make very sure we know what the mission is … achieving that mission at what price.”
Still, he would “not rule out any future course of action,” amid continued pressure from several lawmakers for the U.S. to do more to end President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on his people
The panel’s top Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said the estimated 7,500 dead and the bloodshed calls for U.S. leadership that a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, displayed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s and that Mr. Obama eventually showed on Libya last year.
In past situations, America has led. We’re not leading, Mr. Secretary,” McCain told Panetta.
The Pentagon chief later added that the United States is not holding back and is leading in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the war on terrorism.”
Palestinian female detainees tell horrific stories of abuse in Israeli prisons
Syrian opposition activists have angrily rejected calls by Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, for dialogue with the government.
The leader of the main opposition, Burhan Ghalioun, said the comments were "disappointing" when Syrians were being "massacred every day".
Mr Annan, who is due in Syria on Saturday, had said a solution lies in a "political settlement".
He also said further militarisation "would make things worse".
Meanwhile UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the Syrian government had agreed to a "limited assessment" of the situation in the country.
At a news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Baroness Amos said she had asked the Syrian government for unhindered access to the worst-hit areas, but the government asked for more time to consider the request.
She has been touring camps on the Turkish-Syrian border to see the situation for around 11,000 Syrian refugees. Earlier in the week she visited Homs, which witnessed heavy fighting.
Tens of thousands of people were again reported to be on the streets across Syria on Friday, protesting against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.”
Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts: activists
Religious Police? Reminds me of scientologists. Completely disgusting.
Those haircuts are the diet-caffeine free of emo. THIS IS FUCKING EMO!
Assad Tells Annan 'Terrorists' Block Solution, As Violence Continues
New Israeli air strike kills 12-year-old in Gaza, death toll reaches 17
Syria: 47 women and children dead in massacre, opposition claim
At least 45 women and children have been stabbed and burned to death in the Syrian city of Homs, opposition activists said.
The massacre took place late Sunday after peace talks between a U.N. special envoy and the Syrian regime failed to yield a cease-fire, activists said.
The slaughter was in the Karm al Zaytoun neighborhood, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition network. The Adawiya neighborhood of Homs was also involved, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Children were stabbed to death in front of their mothers, and women and minor girls were sexually assaulted before being shot, according to the human rights network.”
Assad responds to U.N. proposals; Bodies dumped in mosque as army pounds Idlib
secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle
Death Toll Mounts as Syria Marks Uprising Anniversary
Werent those the same kids holding up signs a few years ago saying death to america?
And now they want help?
““During one of those sessions a guy had his ribs broken in front of me. Another had his back broken . . . a young man from Homs was beaten with metal pipes. His neck was broken and he died on the spot.”
This testimony from a teenaged prisoner named Karim, held for 25 days in a Syrian prison, illustrates a campaign of “systematic and widespread torture and ill-treatment in detention,” says a chilling report released Wednesday by Amnesty International, a day before the one-year anniversary of the protests.
Based on dozens of interviews with survivors, it details 31 kinds of torture it says have become routine for Syrian detainees — including beatings with instruments from whips to braided cables, shackling in positions that cause permanent damage, electric shocks, tearing of flesh with pincers, and sexual violence.
The world body and human rights organizations accuse Syrian President Bashar Assad of international crimes that include torture, use of illegal anti-personnel mines and collective punishment of suspected enemies.
And, said the Amnesty report, “the scale of torture and ill-treatment in Syria has risen to a level not witnessed for years and is reminiscent of the dark era of the 1970s and 1980s.”
Syria: Bodies of 23 'extreme torture' victims found in Idlib as thousands rally for Assad
I have seen some evil shit in my time but this made me rage.
SYRIA: Faces of The Fallen
The Guardian Newspaper Begins Releasing Assad E-Mails
My heart breaks for the Syrian people.
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Posted: 14 March 2012
31 types of torture - including ‘crucifixion’-type beatings, electric shocks, use of pincers on flesh, male rape with broken bottle or metal skewer
People caught up in the massive wave of arrests in the wake of the Syrian uprising have been thrust into a nightmarish world of systemic torture, a new report by Amnesty International says today (14 March).
The scale of torture and other ill-treatment in Syria has risen to a level not witnessed for years and is reminiscent of the dark era of the 1980s, said Amnesty.
Released a day before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass protests in Syria, the 43-page report 'I wanted to die’: Syria’s torture survivors speak out documents 31 methods of torture or other ill-treatment by security forces, army and pro-government armed “shabiha” gangs, described by witnesses or victims to Amnesty researchers in Jordan last month (see more below).
Russian special forces arrive in Syrian port: opposition sources
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More deaths despite U.N. peace call; Syria using ‘Homs tactics’ on border town: HRW
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