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Syria: Monitors say nearly 10 000 dead

2012-03-27 22:16

Beirut - Nearly 10 000 people have been killed in violence linked to a year-long anti-regime uprising in Syria, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

A total 9 734 people have died, including 7 056 civilians, the Britain-based group said.

It said the remaining casualties were soldiers and rebel troops.

The death toll in the strife-torn country rises daily as regime forces press a crackdown against the uprising, which began as a popular revolt, but has transformed into an insurgency.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-03-27 22:30

    Assad is a low-order human being

  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-27 23:10

    Actually Sub-human

  • Smell - 2012-03-27 23:18

    Compare the 10,000 Syrian civilians killed in one year to the SA HRC number of 7,000 civilians killed under Apartheid from 1948 to 1989. Or even the 14,000 killed from 1989 to 1994. But the silence from Africa is predictably deafening. Assad is probably considered a "brother" leader of some sort. Like "brother" Mugabe and the late "brothers" Amin and Ghadaffi. Why "Kill the Boer", but silent diplomacy for much worse purveyors of atrocities?

  • Eddy - 2012-03-27 23:19

    Thank you to Russia and China. Now you can see what your selfish interests have done to the poor people of Syria. The Presidents of these two so called countries plus Assad should be hauled off to the ICC as war crimminals

  • Eddy - 2012-03-27 23:19

    criminals

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-28 02:36

    TEN THOUSAND KILLED !! TEN THOUSAND MURDERED !! MOSTLY UNARMED OPPOSITION MEMBERS !! How is this possible ?? Through one of the worst and most disgraceful international diplomacy in years. Through the 120 member UN Security Council held to ransom by only TWO of its members !! TEN THOUSAND MURDERED !! MOSTLY UNARMED OPPOSITION MEMBERS !! A country held to ransom by ONE corrupt violent family, who treat this country as their own possession, and who for over 45 years have not had to show any accountability. This is what makes the democracy, as known in the West, such a great political system, as one of its pillars is; TO PROTECT AND RESPECT THE OPPOSITION Sadly this "freedom" has come too late for TEN THOUSAND Syrians !!!

  • Zighom - 2012-03-28 06:23

    How can the rebels fight guerila warfare in built up areas and not expect civilians to be killed? They too must take the blame.

      Fred - 2012-03-28 16:13

      Clearly you've missed what's been happening in Syria the past year and have jumped to a conclusion, a completely false one.

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-03-28 06:23

    i think by now russia and china are over the moon when they c this figures

      Jaba - 2012-03-28 08:07

      you forgot Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised the Syrian leadership's handling of a year-long uprising in which thousands have died, saying Tehran would do everything it could to support its closest Arab ally, Iranian media reported on Tuesday (27/3/2012). Shiite Muslim Iran backed popular uprisings which have removed leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen but has steadfastly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is a member of the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. "I am very happy that Syrian officials are managing the situation well ... I hope the situation in Syria improves day after day," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during talks with Assad's special envoy, Faisal Meqdad.

      Jaba - 2012-03-28 08:10

      For Ahmadinejad 10000 dead civilians is managing the situation well. I think we have found a new member for the UNHRC

  • Jaba - 2012-03-28 07:37

    Iran, Russia & China have the blood of 10 000 Syrian civilians on their hands. The names of these countries will be a stain in future history books. I can already see it…. 30 years from now… a democratic Chinese government will make an apology for their aid to the Butcher Of Damascus during the years of 2011 & 2012.

      Jason - 2012-03-28 15:21

      The termites feel no sorrow. ever

  • Fidel - 2012-03-28 10:19

    These contras should have realised a long time ago that they were never going to shoot their way to power and a lot of lives might have been sparred. They should equally take the blame for waging a guerilla war within populated civilian areas. Hopefully the political dialogue being encouraged by Annan, Russia and China resolves this issue.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-28 10:36

      So, what would you have suggested to do, for the oppostion , to this assad ???? Put a notice up at the local supermarket, that they wanted a change of government??? The opposition went onto the streets, UNARMED, and were met with brutal and deadly force. Even , your heroes in Russia concede this fact !!!! To be told that they, the UNARMED opposition, should take part of the blame, for NINE THOUSAND DEATHS, IS LUNACY !!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-28 10:59

      If they had real support as they want everyone to believe, they could have made Syria ungovernable, mass stayaways, strikes, public disobedience, etc. You should also take into account the climate whithin which this protest took place, i.e. after the bombing of Libya by Nato using foreign fighters (contras) and western intelligence personnel and special ops agencies.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-28 11:37

      ""they could have made Syria ungovernable, mass stayaways, strikes, public disobedience, etc. "" That might be the case, in an "ideal" situation, But its very difficult, almost impossible, to convince the ones, who earn less than two or even one dollar a day, to refuse to go to work. It might work in countries like France or Greece, where even the unemployed have certain security, but not in developing countries. But, not having mass stayaways, and public disobedience, that does not mean,that the majority of Syrians don't want change, It just makes no sense whatsoever that the majority of Syrians support this assad family. Why should they ????? What's in it for them....??????, BESIDES FEAR FOR STARVATION AND DEATHS!!!!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-28 16:16

      A perfectly inverted picture once again Fidel. Everyone knows your "contras" were demonstrating peacefully for close on eleven months, while being killed, maimed, detained, tortured and raped by Assad, and it's only in the past couple of months they decided to fight back. It's absurd that you continue with your faulty view, absurd but consistent.

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