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Deadliest day of Syria revolt

2012-07-20 16:27

Damascus - More than 300 people were killed in violence across Syria on Thursday, making it the deadliest day of a 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a Friday statement that a total of 302 people - 98 soldiers, 139 civilians and 65 rebels - were killed across the country, revising an earlier toll.

"It's the highest toll since the beginning of the uprising, for civilians, rebels and soldiers," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the London-based Observatory said.

He said the fighting was particularly fierce in Damascus and its surrounds, where 23 rebels and 47 civilians were killed in the sixth day of intense fighting in the capital between the army and rebel forces.

The Observatory had on Thursday put the toll at 248 people, including 109 civilians, but it warned that the number was expected to rise as fighting was ongoing and a number of casualties had not yet been identified.

The fighting, which has ratcheted up since Sunday, is the most intense since the anti-Assad revolt erupted in March 2011.

Heavy clashes broke out in Damascus on Sunday, with the rebel Free Syrian Army announcing "Operation Damascus Volcano" a day later.

On Wednesday, a bomb attack killed three senior members of Assad's regime, including his defence minister and the president's brother-in-law. The attack was claimed by the FSA.

Comments
  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-20 16:54

    And where is America, UN and NATO? is this not enough?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 17:05

      Why appeal to the US and Nato?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 17:08

      South Africa abstained with that failed state Pakistan.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-20 21:10

      Thanks to Russia and China

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-20 23:57

      Tshepo, why dont you ask where is South Africa ??? they are always nowhere to be found. much like with Zim and Libya. actually, South Africa has a policy of supporting dictators. much like with Zim and Libya.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-21 00:01

      Tshepo, the UN are unable to do anything because Russia and China veto all the propositions that would hurt Assad. America is also not the world's watchdog .. and there military has been stretched pretty thin with involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq etc. the USA has however been one of the most vocal critics of the Assad brutality, and have been working hard behind the scenes (possibly even giving the rebels some weapons and guidance, like Turkey has)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 01:26

      Couldn't agree more, Tshepo.

  • michael.duplessis.71 - 2012-07-20 17:12

    Russia and China vetoedpossible sanctions yesterday, thus giving the go ahead for this. Blame them.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 17:42

      The Russians have NEVER improved the life of even ONE person, outside of their own country! They have NEVER created even ONE job, outside of their own country! They have Never provided medicine for even ONE aids or malaria sufferer! They have NEVER fed even ONE hungry child! THEY ARE THE MOST USELESS , SELFISH, NATION , IN THE WORLD!! The ONLY thing they are good at, is SELLING ARMS, to whomever willing to pay for them. It just shows how screwed up these lefties are, the Fidels, patricks and that terrorist keith. THe Russians HATE Africa and HATE Africans !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 17:43

      The western propaganda machine will have you believe that the Russians and Chinese are getting in the way when in actual fact they are being quite sensible about finding a solution to the problem.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 19:25

      Russia's envoy to France has sparked a row by saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was ready to step down.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 20:10

      @Delusion Why don't you ask the armed terrorists and their benefactors because the Syrian government is prepared to sit down and negotiate.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 20:28

      Fidel do you think you are speaking for the unlawful syrian government? How much do they pay you every month?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 20:58

      Not enough. I think I am worth at least R300 an hour. Based on the pitiful efforts of some of your contemporaries, like Fred, I would even say that I could get R500 an hour if I pushed for it. Do you think that I'm selling myself short?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 21:40

      White dictators pay a lot.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 21:54

      I've read every post now and the glaring conclusion I've arrived at is that Gerhard has passed his log in details to his much nicer, far more sensible and knowledgable brother. I miss the real one!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 22:09

      How could i bypass your solicitation?

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-21 00:05

      hey Fidel you wally brain, why did Russia say yesterday that Assad was willing to step down ??????? does that mean that Russia doesnt think Syria is actually being overrun by terrorists ???? because they wouldnt say that otherwise !!! I think the Russians are starting to get nervous that they backed the wrong horse !!!! EAT YOUR VILE WORDS FIDEL. YOU WILL SOON

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-21 00:06

      Even your Russian gods seem like they might be dropping you from what they said yesterday

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 01:31

      Fidel blinds himself with his own immature propaganda. He holds a core-belief that "the West is evil". He also believes that the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes will bring democracy to the Middle East. He's on record stating this (in the Bahrain thread). All this leads him to unwittingly support the killing, detention, torture and rape of Syrians and their families at the hands of an unelected dictator who's father handed the reigns of power to him. Assad was supposed to bring positive change, be a true leader, not be the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria. Fidel sees virtually none of this. And he defends his delusion vociferously.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 18:00

    The only goal for the Syrian security forces to pursue is the merciless annihilation of the armed gangs that are supplied and incited by the hegemonic powers i.e. America and its client states Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-20 19:09

      Fidel soon those so called rebel idiots will turn into zombies if Assad has to use his chemical stock pile on them.Good job done boys and long lige Assad

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 19:34

      Another silly , childish fldel comment. According to fidel, any country in the world that does not agree with China and Russia, is a 'client state' of the USA !! That is so pathetically childish !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-20 19:35

      Keith, You deserve the title; News24.com SCUMBAG, You nare plain RUBBISH !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 20:20

      @Delusion My responses to you in the past have been both clear and concise, if you can't grasp the logic in those responses, there is little more I could say to illuminate you on this matter. It's more shameful to me that the UK and the US are refusing to back the UN Peace Plan and are instead insisting on backing regime change regardless of how many corpses it takes.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 20:35

      Fidel just like you Russia and China do not have a plan. They are just matter of factly negative. The only people prepared to sort this out are the western nations.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-20 21:03

      By bombing the place to smithereens? If Nato were to get hold of Syria, Iraq would look like a Sunday picnic.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-20 21:43

      Cliches won't do.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 01:40

      In Fidel's world, "the hegemonic powers" = "the evil West". With this immature belief expanded to form a highly immature world map, he distorts reality and completely misses that it is the neo-Communist Russian and Chinese regimes that are pursuing hegemonic, narrow, selfish goals in Syria. They haven't developed wider maps. They retarded themselves with hegemonic Communism and are playing catch-up now. The freer world is allowing Syrians to pay the price of this retardation. So is Fidel. It is unconscionable.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 01:44

      Also to Fidel, "the evil West" has bombed Iraq to smithereens, not the Jihadists who've actually carried out the suicide attacks and planted the car bombs that have killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's. The same highly immature and faulty world map that distorts reality.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-20 19:06

    SALUTE to Assad soldiers good job done boys.Flust the idiots out completly .Long Live Assad

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-20 22:50

    Well done boys and dont forget to chop off both hands of those rebel idiots .Chop them off!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-21 01:45

      Keith is a deranged person who is numb to human suffering. He has sociopathic traits.

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