Syrian military enters village, France condemns violence

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Syrian military forces entered a north-western village Thursday (September 8th) where they killed three military defectors, activists told AFP.

Seven armoured vehicles and 10 jeeps arrived in the village of Ibleen "in search of people wanted by the security services," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe accused Syria of crimes against humanity on Wednesday during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow. The Syrian government should be sent "a powerful signal that such actions cannot continue," Juppe said.

He continued by saying the way the regime has "suppressed popular protests is unacceptable".

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged dialogue. "We are convinced that the essential thing is to start dialogue at the negotiating table," Lavrov said. "We consider that inciting certain forces within the opposition to boycott the invitation to dialogue is a dangerous path and risks a repetition of the Libyan scenario, which neither Russia nor France wants."

Also on Wednesday, the Arab League announced that Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi will travel to Damascus on Saturday to meet with President Bashar Assad and propose a plan to end the violence.