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13 dead in latest blitz on Syria's Homs

2012-02-09 12:02

Beirut - At least 13 people were killed on Thursday in the latest government blitz on the besieged Syrian city of Homs, activists said, adding that the toll was likely to rise.

"Twelve of the victims died in shelling that began at dawn on the Baba Amr neighbourhood and one died in Khaldiyeh," Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"But we expect more victims because two families whose homes were shelled in Baba Amr remain under the rubble," said the head of the Britain-based group.

Abdel Rahman said that the government assault on the central city which began on Saturday has left more than 400 people dead.

Ali Hazuri, a doctor in Baba Amr reached by telephone from Beirut, said the shelling had eased overnight but resumed at daybreak on Thursday.

"The shells are raining down on us and regime forces are using heavy artillery," he said.

Omar Shaker, an activist in Baba Amr also reached by phone, added that residents of the neighbourhood were hiding on the ground floor of buildings as there were no underground shelters.

"When you venture outside, you can see craters every 10m," he said.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2012-02-09 12:24

    Irresponsibility is not freedom!

  • Derek - 2012-02-09 12:25

    Lies, lies and more lies. The mayhem being caused in Syria is orchastrated by paid mercenaries, funded and armed by the West for the specific purpose of overthrowing the Goverment. Since when can't a country defend itself against armed insurgents?

      Jaba - 2012-02-09 12:47

      The mayhem being caused in Syria is orchestrated by Iran, funded and armed by Russia & China for the specific purpose of keeping in place this anti-democratic murderess dictatorship. A fraudulent leader can not defend himself against his people using the army.

      Jaba - 2012-02-09 12:47

      The mayhem being caused in Syria is orchestrated by Iran, funded and armed by Russia & China for the specific purpose of keeping in place this anti-democratic murderess dictatorship. A fraudulent leader can not defend himself against his people using the army.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:02

      The mayhem being caused in Bahrain is orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, funded and armed by America & England for the specific purpose of keeping in place this anti-democratic murderess dictatorship. A fraudulent leader can not defend himself against his people using the army.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:02

      The mayhem being caused in Bahrain is orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, funded and armed by America & England for the specific purpose of keeping in place this anti-democratic murderess dictatorship. A fraudulent leader can not defend himself against his people using the army.

      Jaba - 2012-02-09 13:08

      Nice come back Fidel... I might even agree with you on a point or two that you have made... however the topic here is Syria where the killing continue. You know, I am flabbergasted that the South African Muslim community hates the "West" more than it loves their own brothers being murdered in Syria. I’m stunned! Just sad. Salam

      Jaba - 2012-02-09 13:08

      Nice come back Fidel... I might even agree with you on a point or two that you have made... however the topic here is Syria where the killing continue. You know, I am flabbergasted that the South African Muslim community hates the "West" more than it loves their own brothers being murdered in Syria. I’m stunned! Just sad. Salam

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:30

      You have attempted to point out Russia and China as the baddies which automatically requires that you question the motives of those you wish to point out as the good guys. The subject of Geo-politics isn't as black and white as will all attempt to potray it. Hence when we dissect the current superpowers we need to tackle the issue from a balanced view. I often find myself feeling contemptuous of the people who believe the spin but that's what the elites feel about all of us - contemptuous.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:30

      You have attempted to point out Russia and China as the baddies which automatically requires that you question the motives of those you wish to point out as the good guys. The subject of Geo-politics isn't as black and white as will all attempt to potray it. Hence when we dissect the current superpowers we need to tackle the issue from a balanced view. I often find myself feeling contemptuous of the people who believe the spin but that's what the elites feel about all of us - contemptuous.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:36

      Oh for the record, I am not a Muslim, not that there's anything wrong with being one. The logical anti-sentiment by the SA muslim towards the west stems from the lack of diplomatic support that some western countries have (not) shown towards the Palestinians. This anti-sentiment is wholly deserved if you ask me.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:36

      Oh for the record, I am not a Muslim, not that there's anything wrong with being one. The logical anti-sentiment by the SA muslim towards the west stems from the lack of diplomatic support that some western countries have (not) shown towards the Palestinians. This anti-sentiment is wholly deserved if you ask me.

      Fred - 2012-02-10 08:50

      Derek, Fidel, these are carbon copies of comments you made about Libya. They were wrong then, they're wrong now. They're wrong for eternity.

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-02-09 13:27

    Why r they quoting someone who is based inUK. Arent there any local news agencies in Syria? Isnt Syria a sovereign country? Shud they not defend the country against ppl who want to forcefully take it over. Who armed these "rebels". just like who armed the Libyan rebels. We cannot mention the lack of democracy as a reason why syria is bad. Qatar is a monarch, so are the Saudis. Oh, but they are US allies.

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:42

      The US doesn't seem to want to overthrow any dictators it sells arms to, or has bases with, unless said dictator has oil and isn't playing by their rules, and if they have a small army and no WMD, then they are just about perfect for US led aggression. All summed up by US president Roosevelt describing one of the worst Latin American dictators, Somoza of Nicaragua with the words - "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's OUR son of a bitch."

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 13:42

      The US doesn't seem to want to overthrow any dictators it sells arms to, or has bases with, unless said dictator has oil and isn't playing by their rules, and if they have a small army and no WMD, then they are just about perfect for US led aggression. All summed up by US president Roosevelt describing one of the worst Latin American dictators, Somoza of Nicaragua with the words - "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's OUR son of a bitch."

      Fred - 2012-02-10 09:26

      Regrettably, until now, there have only been dictators in the Middle East, some worse than others. The more civilized world had to choose among them. They chose the best available, but clearly somewhat of a Faustian bargain. At least now people of the Middle East are taking back their power and amazingly removing all the dictators in the spate of a year or two. Soon you'll have nothing to carp about.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-09 16:33

    At this rate I even forget how these protests started in the first place (I mean the pretext therefore, because the real cause is america)

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