Syrian activists say 21 people killed in Homs

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Syrian activists in Homs province said at least 21 people, including 2 children, were killed and more than 300 were wounded Tuesday (February 21st) as government security forces stepped up their shelling of Homs, BBC reported.

Syrian activists said military reinforcements were seen on their way to Homs on the international expressway. Reports indicated that the field hospital in Homs was shelled, and pictures showed tanks moving in the city.

Meanwhile, the Syrian authorities accused "armed terrorist groups" of stealing and pillaging antiquities and treasures in the archaeological city of Apamea, Syria's state-run news agency (SANA) reported.

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    رائد جمال

    2012-2-23

    Why does all of this happen in the Security Council? Is there anyone who can deny that the regime, the usurper of power in Syria, had kidnapped its military and its media as well as all the means of its existence to attack the rebels, free people, and destroy its economy, security, and morals? No one doubts something like that, but there is no conscience and honesty. Their calculations are selfish, racist, and aggressive against the freedom of Syria. There is no excuse for what they are doing including the acrobatic movements and marathon polemics in the Security Council. It has been evident for all rational people that the Syrian regime exceeded the criminals who criminalized for the love of crime without justification or excuse. Where is the highest internationalist authority sincerity? The strict positions in support of the International Law are almost non-existent. The Syrian regime's crimes did not show up for what they really are and the loyal people to resolve this issue in the Council are only few. This is not surprising.

  • بشير عبد الصاحب

    2012-2-22

    The party that has the right to intervene is the Arab countries. The Arab League initiative and attempts to send observers failed; for this initiative is not realistic to resolve the Syrian crisis and because the Arab League doesn't have mechanisms for implementation. Hence, the solution has to be in Syria not in outside intervention. The issue is very dangerous for all.

  • صباح حسن

    2012-2-22

    The strange and contradictory international position towards the situation in Syria makes us lose credibility in pro-human rights countries. The revolution in Syria differs from other Arab revolutions because many international and regional powers are influenced by what is going on there. This explains the international division over Syria’s revolution if we compare the international position on the revolution of Libya where the entire world watched the NATO intervention. But it's different for Syria; it doesn’t have attractive oil to encourage countries to protect it, but has a focal and separation point between both eastern and western wings. It has a world war point, which could devastate all sides. Russia, China and Iran will be the biggest losers in the event of the demise of Bashar’s regime. Syria is one of the largest Arab countries importing Russian weapons and it represents one of its most important allies in the Middle East. They only have one military base in Tartus in Syria where their fleet anchors to provide support to the Syrian regime with weapons and experts. The motives of the Chinese position aren’t different from those of Russia, where most Chinese investment in Syria is in the energy sector.

  • عبد الفتاح

    2012-2-22

    Iran views Syria's revolution as an alarm bell that threatens its project in the region where Syria represents an indispensable linkage to Iran along with its allies in the region, especially Hezbollah in Lebanon and al-Maliki in Iraq. This project aims at gaining influence in the region through recruiting in the Shiite Crescent, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to face the Sunni Gulf countries by fueling Shiite trouble spots there. The most noticeable spot could be the Bahraini uprising. It’s noteworthy that Hezbollah backs the Bahraini uprising and dedicates its media to support it and at the same time attacks the Syrian uprising which has the same demands and accuses it of treason and serving a Zionist-American scheme to strike a resistance fortress in Syria. Also, Syria is a transit route between Iran and Hezbollah. These countries reject outside interference and they would only accept it with conditions. We know the West and America don't want these countries as Europe and America have the same attitude of hiding behind the intransigence of Russia. Both America and Europe haven't yet resolved their position on the Syrian crisis and have determinants before they take a stand that fits their strategy in the region. Primarily among them is Israel's security, which is a strategy of US policy. As long as the alternative to al-Assad has not shown up due to opposition disputes and division, they won't take an uncertain position; that's why America has chosen a cautious position.