Activists say more than 7,500 people killed in Syria since March 2011

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 7,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since protests against the regime in Syria started in mid March 2011, AFP reported Tuesday (February 21st).

Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman told the news agency that "the victims include 5,542 civilians and 2,029 security and army personnel, including more than 400 defectors".

On Wednesday, 13 Syrian civilians were killed in shelling of the Baba Amr district in Homs in central, the Observatory reported.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for a humanitarian truce for two hours a day in order to provide local populations with needed aid.

Syrian official news outlets said that the security forces are operating in the region to crack down on what they describe as armed terrorist gangs.

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    HHH

    2012-2-23

    The international position of the Syrian Revolution is divided into two sections: the supporters and the opponents of international intervention. For the pro section, the United States and most of the European Union countries shall be considered as the main components of this section. These countries explain their support of the revolution which is due to the willingness to spread democracy and human rights in Syria as well as the dissemination of these universal values and the overthrow of the dictatorial regimes. It is also to protect the Syrian citizens from the campaign of intimidation and fierce repression waged by the regular Syrian Army against the citizens. Syria is now experiencing a deteriorating security and humanitarian situation where the growing voices calling for the resignation of the President Bashar al-Assad from rule, and the intransigence of the latter, resulted in the launch by the latter of the commission of what might be called a crime against humanity. As for Russia, she does not agree with the United States in this opinion. The latter categorically rejects any international intervention in Syria, justifying this by saying that Syria is considered a sovereign state and no one should interfere in her internal affairs for any reason. However, I think that the reason beyond Russia's refusal of international intervention in Syria is purely economic because the latter is one of the most important countries that Russia supplies with weapons. The reason for the desire of the United States is to provide new markets for its companies and provide sources of energy.

  • عاطف الحويطي

    2012-2-23

    The Syrian National Council should be moving along with the expectations of the rebels. They should not let them down and they should not hesitate in letting the world hear of their demands. Either they pass a resolution supporting the Syrian people and punishing the criminal butcher or close this door and refuse to tamper and manipulate the fact. There is no clear Iraqi strategy in the fight against terrorism and if it existed, perhaps the most important of its features are the lax and gentle way they deal with the terrorists, and even exaggerating the observance of human rights in a way that no human believes. After the fall of the regime, the terrorists of Saddam's regime came following the example of the disappearance of these for fear of being arrested and held accountable for their crimes that they committed during their period of rule. However, the tone of “Let bygones be bygones” which dominated the speech of the Iraqis political and religious leaders encouraged those to emerge from their dens and return to carry out their terrorist activities again. The popular dealing with the terrorists of Saddam's former regime was only encouragement to them; however, they were hiding them from the eyes of the people according to the tribal traditions and customs.

  • Nor

    2012-2-23

    If an observer looked at the other angles, he will become bewildered when he sees the debate between some of the delegations of the United Nations in dark corners and their addressing of themes away from the blood which is shed in Syria by militias of Bashar and his wicked criminals as well as those who are allied with them including the enemies who enjoyed shedding the purified Syrian blood. All of these feelings are evident in the sagging international situation in the Security Council since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution to the Security Council meeting on 31/1/2012 AD. It expressed what is above the sagging and possibly reaches the stage of complicity in the international situation whose time and days are extended, as if it had been contaminated by the deadlines of the Arab League which allowed the killings and the destruction caused by the system which took hundreds of innocent lives.

  • هدي

    2012-2-23

    Everybody has to admit that the basis of the policies of any country towards other countries or international situations is based on interests and interests only, whether they are economic or related to other fields. The United States has an interest in overthrowing the Assad regime, which is the main support to Iran. The western countries also have interests. On the other hand, Russia and China have an interest in not letting the Americans and the West intervene in Arab affairs, especially Syria. Everyone has an interest and an agenda to fulfill. The one who pays the price is the people, and the one who will achieve victory is also the people. The ones who will lose are the rest of the parties, because no one is straightforward; not the Americans, the Russians or the rest of the world. Every country has ambitions, every country has purposes and every country has interests. Whatever agrees with the interests of a certain country, it will do it and whatever does not agree with them, it will not do it. This observation is true, regardless of what happens in Syria and what happens to the Syrian people.