Discussion in 'News And Current Events' started by iraniam, Nov 11, 2011.
Probably both is happening.
Twin bomb blasts hit Syrian military and security buildings in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, killing 25 people in the worst violence to hit the country's commercial hub in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Mangled, bloodied bodies as well as severed limbs lay on the pavement outside the targeted buildings, as shown in live footage on Syrian television, which consistently portrays the revolt against Assad as the work of foreign-backed "terrorists."
No one claimed responsibility for the attacks in Syria's second city, as officials put the total death toll in the two blasts at 25. But they came as Assad's forces grow more ferocious in operations to stamp out the popular uprising.”
It looks like the opposition to the Assad regime is growing every day.
Today has been the most violent day so for.
It's full on civil war.
still missing medecine, food...
if violence grow up, looks like the Assad's regime is starting to have 'few' difficulties to stop de growing up opposition..
15,000 elite Iranian special-ops ‘head’ to Syria
“Syrian troops on Monday bombarded restive areas in the province of Homs with heavy artillery and stormed areas near the capital Damascus, according to opposition activists, one day after the Arab League vowed to support the opposition.
"Syrian troops are heavily bombarding the area of Rastan [in Homs] with heavy artillery, hitting residential areas in the city," said Hani Abdullah, a Syrian activist based in Damascus.
Arab League foreign ministers called on the UN Security Council on Sunday to form a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping force to observe a ceasefire in Syria, in the latest attempt to end the bloodshed and stop the country from sliding into a full-blown civil war.
Damascus blasted the Arab League's decision, saying it was not concerned with any decisions taken in its absence. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in the 22-member bloc in November.
On Sunday, the Arab League also vowed to provide "political and financial support" to the Syrian opposition.
The meeting came after al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called on Muslims to support the Syrian rebels in their 11-month uprising against President Bashar Assad.
The Syrian regime has accused "terrorists" of being behind the uprising that started against al-Assad in mid-March. “
UN Rights Chief Makes Scathing Report About Syrian Regime
A little late, but welcome, nevertheless.
But what can they do whilst Russia & China maintain their veto?
I also fear that it's too little and way too late
Yeah, about 5000 dead bodies too late. Dunno about China and Russia. Sanctions?
Not sure what else the world can do except sanctions. But I don't know if sanctions alone will work, not while Russia & China are supporting them anyway.
The whole thing is just so full of hypocrisy and frustration. I mean their total silence over Bahrain & Yemen - don't those lives matter? And yet we hope that the Arab League can take the lead over Syria, the same Arab League (Saudi Arabia!) who are providing arms & soldiers etc to Bahrain to help them put down the uprising there
“An explosion has hit a fuel pipeline in the central Syrian city of Homs.
A large plume of smoke is rising from farmland on the edge of the Baba Amr district - the target of bombardment by government forces for more than a week.
State media said an "armed terrorist group" had sabotaged a diesel pipeline. But activists said security forces had shelled an oil pipeline.”
Syrian oil revenue goes up in smoke!
Syrian Dissident: Assad used poisonous gas under Iranian, Russian supervision
Iran gave Syria $1 billion to aid regime against sanctions, leaked documents reveal
Their baaawing is sweet!
I think it's hilarious that the Syrian government cares what names a company in the US puts on maps. Everyone assumes that Google must put the official names on its maps, but really it's free to do as it pleases, since its maps are not the official ones.
Anyway who exactly gets to decide what maps are official? If a large number of people decide to rename a street, who's going to stop them?
brb considering local applications
here's a candidate:
now there's a helluva good idea
DH, how bout you repost the
story into the AvS forum?
Bahrain 1st-Hand: The Deported Irish Activist's Week on the Island "They Are Slowly Killing These People"
Iranian rappers sing for people of Homs in Syria (GRAPHIC PICTURES)
Syrian Journalists and Bloggers Arrested for Reporting Unrest
BAHRAIN: Updated List of 68 Killed Since February 2011
After almost 10 years of a honeymoon, Turkish-Syrian relations have turned very sour. Turkey is hosting the opposition that aims to topple the Damascus regime, and the Bashar al-Assad regime is allowing Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in Syrian territory. Worse developments may still be in the offing if the Assad regime survives longer than many expect. It is not possible to rejuvenate the two states' bilateral relations after all the negative developments between Ankara and Damascus. So long as Syria is ruled by the Assad regime, Ankara will be treated with mistrust there.
Recent comments and reports argue that Assad may survive longer than earlier expected. Apart from the international support he enjoys, Assad has been very successful at keeping the army and bureaucracy united. But that should not be surprising. What is called “the Syrian state” is essentially a huge security apparatus. Not only during periods of crisis, but even in normal times, since the early 1970s, a security mentality has dominated state-society relations in Syria. The mechanisms of the Syrian security apparatus are not clear-cut. That apparatus is a conglomeration of overlapping state institutions that include many social organizations. Thus, the Assad regime knows even the miniscule details of its society.
A second critical fact is the failure of the Syrian opposition to gain the support of the middle class, which includes the Sunni families. Unlike the Libyan or Egyptian opposition, the Syrian opposition comes across as a very low-profile, unorganized group that puts at risk the established interests of the Syrian middle class.
Returning to Turkey's position: It has been clear from the very beginning that Turkey has striven to maintain a moral stance on the Syrian issue, despite the cost. Thus, on a moral level, it is hardly possible to criticize Turkish foreign policy on Syria. “
Zaman ( A Turkey newspaper)
Syrian forces open fire with live ammunition on demonstrators in Damascus as unrest spreads in the capital
Syrian forces opened fire with live ammunition on demonstrators in Damascus in the early hours of Tuesday, wounding at least four people, according to activists, as unrest continued to spread in the capital.
Demonstrations and clashes with security forces have rocked Damascus in the past week, undermining President Bashar al-Assad’s claims that the 11-month uprising has been the work of saboteurs and limited mainly to the provinces.
International diplomacy has shown little sign of finding a solution, as western powers and the Arab League prepared a meeting of Friends of Syria on Friday to pressure Assad to step down, while Russia and China backed his reform plans, derided by Syria's opposition.
There were hundreds of demonstrators at the main square of Hajar al-Aswad, and suddenly buses of security police and shabbiha [pro-Assad militia] turned up and started firing into the crowd," activist Abu Abdallah said on Tuesday.
He said the four wounded were taken to be treated in people's homes.
Elsewhere, an activists' group in Kfar Tkharim near the Turkish border said rebels had killed five soldiers and captured two during an ambush of a government column.
Germany said the European Union would probably impose more sanctions against Syria in the coming week. Western sanctions have so far had little impact without support from Russia and China for measures at the UN security council.”
21 February 2012 at 12:32 ET
Syrian forces have intensified their attack on rebel-held areas of the besieged city of Homs, activists say, killing at least 30 people.
The activists say the death toll across Syria on Tuesday is at least 50, including four children.
World and Arab leaders are set to meet in Tunisia on Friday to discuss Syria's future. But Russia, a key ally of the regime, says it will not attend.
The Red Cross has called for a daily two-hour truce to allow in aid.
Thousands have died in Syria in an 11-month uprising against the government.
Hundreds of shells were fired at Homs in a two-hour period on Tuesday morning, with reports that buildings were razed and scores injured.
The Baba Amr area of the city, where several hundred fighters loyal to the opposition are believed to be hiding, has been under siege for two weeks.
Parts of Homs are said to be running out of food and water,
Opposition groups have reported that the army is reinforcing its presence around Homs, in preparation for a ground assault that rights groups have warned could turn into a massacre.
But the BBC's Jim Muir, monitoring events from neighbouring Lebanon, says it is unclear if the bombardment is the precursor to a much-feared ground assault.
Reports from the city say the field hospital has been hit. A video posted on YouTube purported to show a mother grieving over the body of her young child, hit by shrapnel from a rocket explosion.
The Syrian government said two weeks ago that it would wipe out "pockets of armed terrorists" in Homs.
International media organisations are heavily restricted in Syria, so it is impossible to verify the claims of either side.
An activist in hiding near Baba Amr told the BBC that it was no longer safe to stay there.
"I'm trying to leave the area because of the gunfire and heavy shelling, which has rocked the city," said the activist, named as Omar.
"This is a large-scale military assault on defenceless civilians."
The casualties included two children, one of whom was six years old, he said.
Western and Arab countries are preparing to attend a meeting on Syria in the Tunisian capital Tunis this Friday.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "the brave Syrian people" needed support and the Friends of Syria meeting would show that the government of President Bashar al-Assad was increasingly isolated.
She criticised the positions of Russia and China, who have opposed Western and Arab peace initiatives, saying the two nations were "making the wrong choices".
Russia said it would not attend Friday's meeting because the Syrian government had not been invited, and accused the organisers of representing only one point of view.
Moscow has proposed that the United Nations send a special envoy to Syria to help co-ordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The Red Cross (ICRC) said it had been negotiating with both sides to call for a regular "humanitarian ceasefire".
"It should last at least two hours every day, so that ICRC staff and Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have enough time to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick," said ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger in a statement.
US Senator John McCain has said that Washington and its allies should find a way to help arm the opposition fighters.
"It is time we gave them the wherewithal to fight back and stop the slaughter," he said on a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Human rights groups believe more than 7,000 people have been killed since the uprising began.
The Syrian government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces have died fighting militants.
It is pressing on with its plans for a referendum on a proposed new constitution on Sunday, which it regards as the centrepiece of its reform programme.
"A second critical fact is the failure of the Syrian opposition to gain the support of the middle class, which includes the Sunni families. Unlike the Libyan or Egyptian opposition, the Syrian opposition comes across as a very low-profile, unorganized group that puts at risk the established interests of the Syrian middle class."
The Syrian government tries hard to encourage rumors/doesn't dispel rumors that the rebels are a gang of theocrats who will kill/persecute the Christians and Shia, and otherwise conduct violent reprisals against both groups for supporting Assad's regime. This coupled with the fact that the government will strike against them/hurt their families if they side with the rebels, makes the middle class resistant to joining the movement.
Syria Homs Opposition Die Without Food, Medicine And Supplies
(CBS News) February 21, 2012 7:54 PM(CBS News) We're experiencing one of those times in history when an aging dictatorship hangs on to power by using military force against its own people. For nearly a year we've been following the freedom movement in Syria. It appears the dictator Bashir al-Assad is rushing to crush the rebellion before the world can do much about it.
The city of Homs - remember the name - is a little bigger than Philadelphia and it's been under artillery fire for two weeks. Rebels claim 100 civilians were killed Tuesday alone. The citizens there have been filming the siege on cell phones. The video link below shows the sights and sounds of what it's like to be a citizen of Homs today.
The man shooting the video was saying: "We are being slaughtered. Where are you, all Arabs?"
21 countries of the Arab League have suspended Syria's membership. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Tunisia on Friday to meet with representatives of 70 countries to talk about what might be done to stop the killing.
Thank you for bumbing the thread.
It's the worst violence i have seen since bosnia.
The shelling was at it's worst today and when people tried to flee there homes they were shot at by snipers.
The U.S has hinted that if it continues they will arm the rebels.
updated 9:48 PM EST, Tue February 21, 2012
(CNN) -- The shrapnel wound is in the toddler's left side. The boy needs "a proper hospital," the doctor says, not the makeshift clinic in the Syrian city of Homs where he's being treated.
"Even the children are not allowed to get there," he says. "Where is the Red Cross that was negotiating yesterday?"
Soon afterward, the 2-year-old dies of his wounds. The child's father -- whose head, right hand and left knee are bandaged as well -- swears to avenge his death as the sound of artillery echoes outside.
"My son, what did you do?" he wails. "Who did you hurt?"
The scene was captured in a video shot by opposition activists in Homs, where Syrian government troops are shelling opposition-held neighborhoods for a third week. Opposition activists inside the city say Tuesday's bombardment was the worst to date, and children are among those dying for lack of proper treatment.
Rebellious doctors set up underground medical network
The International Committee of the Red Cross has called for a daily two-hour cease-fire so it can distribute aid to hungry, frightened and wounded civilians.
Syria's official news agency said reports that food and medical care were scarce are "lies." But the international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says government troops have been targeting doctors and hospital workers who treat those wounded in the nearly year-old Syrian clampdown.
Opposition videographer killed
The group says the result has been the creation of an underground system of clinics, since the government controls the established hospitals.
In the northern province of Idlib, opposition activists are distributing locally made video tutorials on first aid, including lessons on how to sew up and bandage bullet wounds and carry the wounded to safety.
But the opposition says the volume of casualties, coupled with shortages of basic supplies and trained medics, means people are dying of wounds that they would ordinarily survive.
The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed as the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tries to crush a growing movement against his rule that emerged nearly a year ago.
Aid group calls for cease-fire to treat wounded
Syrian opposition groups put the figure at more than 7,000.
CNN cannot independently verify opposition or government reports of casualties because the government has severely limited access to the country by international journalists.
CNN's Ivan Watson contributed to this report.
updated 11:38 PM EST, Tue February 21, 2012
(CNN) -- One of the main opposition videographers in Homs was killed on Tuesday as the Syrian city experienced its heaviest day of bombardment, residents and activists told CNN.
"Rami al-Sayed was crucial in getting the truth out through his videos posted on the Internet," said Omar Shaker, a friend and a volunteer at Homs Media Center, a media group set up by activists to share information and videos about the city's Baba Amr neighborhood.
"We will really miss him, especially the medical team who relied on him to document all the civilian injuries and deaths on video," he added.
Doctors struggle to save wounded children
Al-Sayed's own fatal injuries were also apparently recorded on Tuesday as his brother and a physician mourned his death at a mosque's basement. The video was later uploaded to Al-Sayed's YouTube channel.
In the video, Dr. Mohammed al-Mohammed stands by al-Sayed's dead body and says, "I want to bring you the latest news, the martyrdom of one of the most important cameramen and one of our most important journalists in Baba Amr."
"He kept bleeding here in the field hospital for more than three hours; we tried to evacuate him outside the neighborhood but to no avail," al-Mohammed added.
The 27-year-old was hit by rocket shrapnel as he tried to help a family flee bombardment, residents told CNN.
"Rami was killed because he was documenting and sending real-life stories from Baba Amr. Rami was killed because he was filming the facts; but we will have 1,000 Ramis. ... Our revolution will prevail," the doctor said as the camera zoomed in on shrapnel wounds on al-Sayed's chest, abdomen and legs.
The video-sharing site Bambuser released a statement Tuesday mourning al-Sayed's death, also referring to him as "Syrian pioneer," his nickname on various social media outlets.
"Rami Ahmad al-Sayed has been one of the bravest and forefront fighters in getting the world's attention on what's going on in Homs, Syria. This afternoon, cameraman and journalist Rami Ahmad al-Sayed did his last broadcast -- he and his three friends were soon after this killed by the Assad armed forces," the statement said.
CNN was unable to independently verify the circumstances of al-Sayed's death.
His last message to followers on Twitter was: "Baba Amr is facing genocide right now. I do not want people to simply say our hearts are with you! We need actions. We need campaigns everywhere inside Syria and outside Syria. We need all people in front of all embassies all over the world. In a few hours there will be no place called Baba Amr and I expect this to be my last message. No one will forgive you for just talking without any action!"
Al-Sayed, who had lost a cousin and a fellow videographer in December, is survived by his wife and an 18-month-old daughter.
Journalists Killed In Syria Amid Violence
PLEASE WORLD DO SOMETHING.
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