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Syrian army kill 260 in blast 'massacre'

2012-02-04 10:12

Beirut - Syria's army randomly bombarded the protest hub of Homs early on Saturday, killing at least 260 civilians in one of the "most horrific massacres" in the country's uprising, an opposition group said.

In a statement sent to AFP in Beirut, the Syrian National Council also called on the world to act, and demanded that Russia change its position, condemn President Bashar al-Assad's regime and allow democracy.

"In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 4 2012 the Assad regime committed one of the most horrific massacres since the beginning of the uprising in Syria" in March last year, said the SNC.

"Assad forces randomly bombed residential areas in Homs, including Khaldiyeh and Qusur, which resulted in at least 260 civilians killed and hundreds of wounded, including men, women, and children.

"The Syrian National Council calls on everyone around the world to speak up and do something to stop the bloodshed of innocent Syrians," it said in the statement.

"The SNC demands that Russia change its position regarding the Syrian regime's massacres.

"The SNC also demands that Russia clearly condemn the regime and hold it responsible for the massacres, to stop the killing in Syria, and allow Syrians to democratically elect a regime that ensures freedom and dignity for all Syrians," it concluded.

Comments
  • customdesign - 2012-02-04 10:42

    They bombed it with Russian weapons- Russia is not happy with losing it's arms accounts- Libya was a 4 billion dollar deal- wonder what it is with Syria?

      Jaba - 2012-02-04 18:49

      At the end of the day, Assad's regime is done for. He's a goner, and once he's out there will be severe punishments for Hezbollah, Iran and Russia too. Arab spring...yeah right .... "When you positively absolutely got to kill evey MF in the room accept no subsitutes".....Samuel L Jackson in Jackie Brown. The above line defines the Arab world.

  • Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 11:20

    Does News24 have a reporter in Syria.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-04 11:42

      Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a French news agency, the oldest one in the world, and one of the three largest with Associated Press and Reuters. That is where it comes from and why it stand at the bottom of the article. When buying news from the agents it becomes as if it is yours from your agent-reporter. You just indicate your source. Need some more help.......? :)

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 12:21

      So what if they are the biggest in the world does it mean they are credible. Isnt it them that reported about so called Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

      Hector - 2012-02-04 14:43

      Luyolo .. hehe you are funny ... now go back under your bridge.. Trolls you just gotta love them ;)

      Fred - 2012-02-07 20:05

      Luyolo, come on man, that's so simple.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-04 13:28

    This is totally beyond reason, the whole Syrian army should be disbanded and the generals and political leaders still involved must be held accountable. This is a flagrant disregard human rights. These idoits giving the orders need to be tried and put before a firing squad!!

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 15:07

      These stories are going to keep coming and coming because there are those within the UN Security Council who want to solve this by sending NATO bombs in Syria.Its all designed to make you guys put pressure on Russia to agree for a military intervention.Assad wanted to negotiate but the opposition is being influenced by Western and Western backed Arab leaders so u wont see any negotiations. Why are they quiet about Yemen there are protests there too but the US just allowed the guy to go for medical treatment there.In the Libyan thing the BBC was caught lying they played a video of a protest in some town in India and they said it was a protest in Tripoli. I am not saying these leaders are innocent I am simply saying the media is used to potray these people as evil,crazy guys that cant even negotiate with opposition all they do is bomb their own people. U dnt even see a reporter on TV saying I am in Syria. All you see is a street with people running there isnt anyone who can report and say now there is the tank shooting. Send reporters to Syria so we can see we dont want phone calls from some "reporter" dude give us videos.Did they say that in Libya more people died as a result of Nato airstrikes some are still dying there at the hands of the "Heroes who defeated Gaddafi".

      Leon - 2012-02-04 16:56

      luyolo geee dude what are you smoking

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 17:08

      I don't smoke but u'll see when these stories move from Syria to Iran and u'll realise the whole purpose of these unconfirmed reports this is the road to Iran www.prisonplanet.com, www.infowars.com

      Fred - 2012-02-07 19:55

      Luyola, still hacking away after getting it so wrong in Libya? What's the matter with you, man? Can you not see good from evil, right from wrong? It's so obvious.

  • Tony - 2012-02-04 16:04

    Guys, please google "human rights syria" and decide for yourself. Scores of totally independent human rights groups condemn the acts of the Syrian government. This is no western or other "third force" plot. This is simply an outdated regime refusing to change. Very similar to SA before 1994. We have a duty to support the people of Syria. Before commenting do your research.

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 16:29

      Would you have supported a military intervention to solve our crisis? Would you have called on NATO. Only South Africans could solve the crisis through negotiations. Only Syrians can solve the problem. While googling human rights on Syria also google human rights saudi arabia/qatar who are calling for Assad to step down. Also go to this link .......www.prisonplanet.com/russia-blocking-unsc-resolution-on-syria.html

      Andries - 2012-02-04 17:13

      The US nearly intervened in SA because a credible number in the military said "Do not give SA on a platter to the ANC - let them win it in a war if they can". The US intervention would have been to assist the ANC to win the war, but then the doves won over the hawks and the country was presented on a platter and the ANC has since built it up from the poverty and mismanagement ashes it had been into a jewel of financial, security, city, provincial and national management in the world.

      Leon - 2012-02-04 18:07

      Andries are you with luyolo and the two of you are smoking the same sh@t THE ANC HAS SINCE BUILT IT UP HAHA.

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 18:29

      Ohk I hear u gentleman how do u propose this Syrian crisis be solved if Assad doesnt step down???? Should he be removed by force ??? Will force only remove him or will it also kill more Syrians than the current casualties?? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. In Libya we said Great go protect the people Nato ..instead of protecting them Nato has killed so many people there. There was a town that was completely abondonded. We arnt even sure wats happening now. Have we seen a Libyan saying Thank You Nato or Libyan Transition instead the guy who was the head resigned last month because Libyans were not happy. The guns are still everywhere and the factions are fighting amongst themselves as well. Where is Nato now ?? Ready to go into Syria. Wateva happened to UN peacekeeping forces coz it seans like Nato seems to be the solution these days. This whole cowboy thing of "lets go and smoke Assad and his cronies" will only distabilize the entire region. What is the better way of solving the Syrian crisis ??

      Luyolo Mhlauli - 2012-02-04 18:29

      Ohk I hear u gentlemen ..how do u propose this Syrian crisis be solved if Assad doesnt step down???? Should he be removed by force ??? Will force only remove him or will it also kill more Syrians than the current casualties?? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves. In Libya we said Great go protect the people Nato ..instead of protecting them Nato has killed so many people there. There was a town that was completely abondonded. We arnt even sure wats happening now. Have we seen a Libyan saying Thank You Nato or Libyan Transition instead the guy who was the head resigned last month because Libyans were not happy. The guns are still everywhere and the factions are fighting amongst themselves as well. Where is Nato now ?? Ready to go into Syria. Wateva happened to UN peacekeeping forces coz it seans like Nato seems to be the solution these days. This whole cowboy thing of "lets go and smoke Assad and his cronies" will only distabilize the entire region. What is the better way of solving the Syrian crisis ??

      Tony - 2012-02-04 22:47

      I would have supported vocal opposition from all parties, strong sanctions and discussions with my neighbors. Sanctions drove the change in South Africa.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 19:56

      Well said Tony.

      Fred - 2012-02-07 19:59

      Luyolo, Assad has decided to try hold onto power in the most brutal and inhuman way. In some ways worse than Gaddafi because his is more cold and calculated. His decision, no one else. He must and is being removed. His end will be the same as Gaddafi's. I don't condone this, but it's his decision.

  • Boaz - 2012-02-04 18:38

    HAS ASSAD ORDERED HIS NEW villa in Tehran yet?

  • Zion - 2012-02-05 07:59

    Soon the international criminal court in The Hague will be in session again.

  • Craig - 2012-02-05 14:59

    How can you prove it was the army and not terrorists???? Or visa versa???

      Fred - 2012-02-07 20:03

      It's the Syrian people freeing themselves from decades of brutal dictatorial rule. It's an extension of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Iran will be next. This year alone one-third of the world's leaders are up for replacement, including China and Russia. We're in the midst of cataclysmic change, for the better.

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