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916 killed in Syria’s ‘bloodiest week’ | The Australian

28 Jun

916 killed in Syria’s ‘bloodiest week’ | The Australian

Close to 16,000 people have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolt 15 months ago, a human rights watchdog says.

AND the past seven days have been the bloodiest so far with 916 deaths.

The pace of the killings has escalated,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

“The last week was the bloodiest week of the Syrian Revolution,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP by telephone. He said 916 people had been killed from June 20 to 26.

Of the 15,804 people killed since March last year, 4,681 had lost their lives since a UN-backed ceasefire was supposed to take effect on April 12, he said.

Of those, roughly a quarter – 1,197 – had been killed since the UN observer mission intended to oversee the peace plan suspended its operations on June 16 in the face of the mounting violence.

“The last month, from May 26 to June 26, was the deadliest since the start of the protests. During this period, 3,426 people were killed,” Abdel Rahman said.

The statistics were released after 129 people were killed in violence on Tuesday, 79 of them civilians, according to the Observatory’s figures.

The UN’s deputy envoy for Syria, Jean-Marie Guehenno, told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that the violence in Syria had “reached or even surpassed” levels seen before the ceasefire agreement and that a six-point peace plan forged by his boss, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, “is clearly not being implemented”.

Senior diplomats said world powers would meet on Saturday in an attempt to end the bloodshed.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign MinisterSergey Lavrov would be joined by other top diplomats from UN Security Council nations and possibly neighbours of Syria.

Meanwhile, a report on UN probe into a massacre in the central Syrian village of Houla has concluded that forces loyal to the government “may have been responsible” for many of the deaths.

The report released to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by UN-appointed human rights experts said most of the victims were women and children who were slaughtered in their homes.

The findings of the report triggered a walkout by the Syrian delegation as it was being read out.

“We will not participate in this flagrantly political meeting,” said Syrian ambassador Faisal Khabbaz Hamoui before leaving the hall.

The walkout came as the commission told the council that the unrest was taking on an increasingly sectarian basis.

“Where previously victims were targeted on the basis of their being pro or anti-government, a growing number of victims appear to have been targeted because of their religious affiliation,” said the report.

It said: “Gross violations of human rights are occurring regularly, in the context of increasingly militarised fighting.”

 

916 killed in Syria’s ‘bloodiest week’ | The Australian

U.S. Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terrorists

15 May

The U.S. is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terorrists…Terrorist-Hunting TSA Still in Your Kid’s Pants

Excerpts from ‘Syria says U.S. allied to “terrorists” in country’ Reuters May 12, 2012

(Reuters) -“ Syria accused the United States and Western countries on Saturday of colluding with al Qaeda-linked militants to target the country, in the wake of a string of explosions in Damascus and Aleppo the government has blamed on foreign-backed fighters.”

“Western countries and the United States, which made alliances to wage wars using the pretext of fighting terrorism, are now making alliances with the terrorists which Syria has been facing,” Information Minister Adnan Hasan Mahmoud told journalists in Damascus on Saturday.”

“He said attacks such as a deadly twin car bombing in Damascus on Wednesday which killed 55 people showed that elements linked to the global militant group al Qaeda were targeting Syria.”

“Opposition to Assad, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011 inspired by popular revolts against other Arab autocratic leaders, has grown increasingly militarized.”

“Western countries, Turkey and Gulf Arab states have vocally supported the opposition movement and offered money for communications tools and other equipment, but only the Gulf has openly called for foreign powers to arm the rebels.”

“Many activists and fighters say Gulf countries are quietly channeling money or weapons to the rebels through private donors.”

“With the truce deal in tatters, many in the opposition have questioned the viability of Annan’s peace plan. The information minister said the opposition and its supporters were trying to thwart the initiative.”

“This is a grave violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism and to international envoy Kofi Annan‘s plan. It asks for tangible steps forward from armed groups and their supporting countries, who are trying to foil the mission,” the minister said.”

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