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More than 13 000 killed in Syria

2012-05-27 16:12

Beirut - More than 13 000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP on Sunday.

"In total, 13 004 people were killed," Abdel Rahman said, adding that 9 183 of them were civilians.

Another 3 072 were regime troops and 749 were army defectors, he added, noting that civilians who had taken up arms during the increasingly militarised revolt were being counted under the category of "civilians".

The violence has been relentless despite a 12 April ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan.

"Since the ceasefire came into effect, 1 881 people have been killed," said Abdel Rahman, referring to clashes between rebels and regime troops, repression by government forces and bomb attacks.

The observatory's latest figures were published a day after at least 92 people, a third of them children, were killed in Houla, a town in the flashpoint central province of Homs.

Abdel Rahman said the international community had to "react" to the burgeoning violence and said the UN observer mission deployed under Annan's peace plan had arrived too late at Houla despite being warned of the violence.

"Why didn't the UN observers go to the site as soon as the attack was announced?" he asked.

"If the world does not react after the Houla massacre, that would be a catastrophe."

Comments
  • Dragan - 2012-05-27 17:27

    But why is the US arming these rebels? then when the massacres start they point fingers and say you see look how bad! its just like Libya all over again they instigate a fight and then use that as an excuse to invade and take over. I'm not saying I support Assad he is a rotten dictator but its like the pot is calling the kettle black.. How many civilians died in the Libya takeover? the country is ruined and has been bombed to pieces all in the name of peace. the same is happening to Syria. I say if the US really wanted to do something productive send in a highly trained team to assassinate Assad without giving up and then make sure the country votes for their leader. The wrong strategy is to arm mafia/ gangster groups in the country. all this achieves is a lawless environment, countless civilian deaths and bitter resentment towards the west for generations to come.

      Boom - 2012-05-27 22:21

      You people are just plain unbelievable. The syrian government has killed more than 13,000 civilians, backed by Russia and iran, and you are blaming the US? P'rick - what is your problem in life? You prefer dictatorships that colonize and destroy other nations, like China with Tibet and Russia with MUSLIM chechyens, but you hate the US and Israel so much. your head is so far up your own ass it's frightening.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 08:17

      That's exactly what happened. For close on eleven months amazingly Syrians protested peacefully demanding the right to vote. They were shot using sniper-fire, detained, tortured and raped. It is only in the past couple of months that they've taken up arms. That you still play around with delusional ideas that the Syrians, backed by foreign forces, were atatcking Assad's illegitimate government when not a shot was fired by them is outragiously stupid. That you call Assad's unelected government the legitimate government of Syria is almost unbelievable were it not coming form you.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 20:33

    The UN observers in Houla, has found enough evidence that the Syrian army is responsible for this latest massacre. Like shells that could only have been fired from tanks !! Even Russia and China will admit, that the only ones who have tanks in Syria, is the Syrian army !!!!

      Dragan - 2012-05-27 21:14

      Video showing the rebels using a tank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APIW6cVyl-U Im not trying to defend Assad.. I'm only saying whatever objectives the US has in the middle east if for peace are not working. the people of Iraq Afgan Libya etc were better off b4. In addition the west is experiencing sever economic difficulties as a direct result of these very expensive wars where clearly everyone is worse off ( with exception to the privately owned central bank of the USA who has the monopoly to print money in the US and for the US govt to fund these wars they have to borrow the printed money from the central banks with interest attached of course ;) I never see the son of a president or the son of a minister going to war. these guys whip their country folks in a frenzy send their country men to war but their own continue to party away at Yale and attend dinner parties all the while profiting enormously from Speculation, under the counter arms deals etc etc.. Its ridiculous and we should start telling them to F**** of and earn their bread and fight their own battles.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 21:38

      Dragon, I find your posts rather confusing, but the following 2 points; The UN observers in Houla see it different than you, as will become evident in the UN SC Emergency meeting, at this very moment in progress, in New York. And, Libyans worse off today, than before the uprising, that toppled gaddafi ??? Not according to the Libyans themselves!!! Although gaddafi kept saying that MILLIONS of Libyans "LOVED' him, there is very little evidence of this today. Just in the last 10 days , almost 2 Million Libyans registered to be able to cast their vote in the upcoming elections. The same kind of excitement and jubilation we seen recently in Egypt, is being experienced in Libya. After 41 years of dictatorship and tyranny, at long last the Libyan s will choose THEMSELVES, who they want to be governed by !!

  • Dragan - 2012-05-28 03:05

    Anthony I do believe Gadaffi was a dictator. I dont believe Libya is better off though and to prove my point I want you to answer 1 question. After the Libyan uprising do Libyans still own/control their own oil? If not who does? You see Libya does not produce much, it relies on oil as an export. before the regime controlled the oil wells but now foreigners control the oil wells. what is better? Some in the west might think, fantastic, we now own the oil.. but is this true even for the west? Oil prices sky rocketing in SA and the US and the res of the world.. not even the westerners are benefiting. its only the very very few the elite and the oil company share holders who can now inflate oil prices due to their ever growing monopoly. What is the point of having "democratic" elections when a country has been stripped of its primary asset by foreigners.. Libyans would be better off voting for democrats/Republicans http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9265441/Libya-still-ruled-by-the-gun.html

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 03:46

      This is pure ignorance, pseudo-victimhood and prejudice. Just read up on how the international oil markets work. Focus on OPEC, the single most influential organization in these markets of which Libya is a member, and notice NOT A SINGLE WESTERN COUNTRY is a member.

      Dragan - 2012-05-28 06:24

      Yes but Fred can you name the five "biggest" oil companies in the world today and can you kindly point out where they are from? are you familiar with the term oil speculation?. oil demand has decreased substantially globally since the economic crises. supply and demand indicates prices should drop.. have they? instead they have risen..! these threats of war continuously driving up oil prices,, i'm sure the speculators are having a field day at the expense of both ordinary people in the east and the west.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-28 07:22

      What has that anything to do with Libya controlling its oil wells?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 13:15

      Dragan, That is absolute rubbish !!! Off course, the oil is owned by Libya, and not today by a ruthless corrupt family, but by the people of Libya. As getting oil out of the ground and processing it, is a highly specialized business, there are certainly European and American companies involved. BUT THEY DON'T OWN THE OIL..........THIS IS TOTAL LUNACY !! By the way, most Libyan oil now ends up in China. And as a matter of fact, at the beginning of the Libyan uprising, there were 30 000 Chinese in Libya working in the oil industry. Wou;d not be surprised if they are now back in Libya !!!!!!!

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