150 killed as Syria truce collapses

2012-10-27 09:51

Beirut - Almost 150 people died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria, a watchdog said, adding that a fresh clashes on Saturday claimed more lives.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said of the 146 people killed in bombings, artillery fire and fighting on Friday, 53 were civilians, 50 were rebels and 43 were members of President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

The Syrian regime and most rebel commanders had agreed to a truce brokered by UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi from the start Friday of the four-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, but the calm lasted only a few hours before fighting erupted.

After a day of clashes across most flashpoints of the Syrian conflict, army commanders announced late on Friday that Assad's forces were still engaged in "fighting against armed terrorist groups," the regime's term for rebels.

Fresh violence on Saturday killed four people including a child, in clashes and shelling in Damascus province, the northern city of Aleppo, Daraa in the south and the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Regime shelling targeted several areas of Damascus province, where one person was killed by army sniper fire and another in the bombardments, according to the Observatory.

Two people, including a child, were killed by gunfire in Daraa, while in Deir Ezzor violent clashes between regime forces and rebels followed a large explosion in the city.

Shelling of various areas of Aleppo wounded several people, the Britain-based watchdog added.

According to the Observatory, more than 35 000 people have been killed in 19 months of conflict, which began as an anti-regime uprising but is now a civil war pitting mainly Sunni rebels against Assad's regime dominated by his minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

The Britain-based Observatory relies on a countrywide network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals. It says its tolls take into account civilian, military, and rebel casualties.

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-10-27 09:58

    DING DING roooooound number 2

      russell.mason.355 - 2012-10-27 11:04

      People died, its no laughing matter.

      albert.m.burger - 2012-10-27 16:16

      Oh forgot to add "silly" between you and man...

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-27 10:01

    this Syrian business is 50x as bad as Ghadaffi's war was. No intervention...afterwards we'll hear them crying crocodile tears and comparing it to Boznia-Herzegovinia. Ole Churchill was right when we said the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing at all.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-27 12:32

    More blood on the hands of those stoking up this war by sending in tons of weapons and money to pay the mercenaries. Just like Iraq, Afganistan, Libya etc - crimes against humanity!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-27 13:10

      . ""More blood on the hands of those stoking up this war by sending in tons of Russian weapons and money for assad terrorists army and to pay the Russian murderous 'advisers and expers""

      Shane Loxton - 2012-10-27 16:02

      Toos and is suspicions again, its common knowledge that russia did supply weapons before the UN Embargo, but after that there has been alot of finger pointing at the west and Russia, the only ones so far who have a paper trail is the USA to Saudi, Qatar and UAE and from there those countries send the same weapons to the Syrian rebels. Documented in numerous US papers and EU papers. As for the weapons trails of Russia we still waiting for those, which im sure will come to light shortly. Fact remains, WHO STARTED SHOOTING AT WHO to brake the cease fire?

      ingwe - 2012-10-27 16:16

      Shane a brake might stop your car but to break the ceasefire is another thing!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-27 16:28

      Shame, Well , the world can hardly wait for the 'Russian weapons trail' Will it be 22.00 or 23.00h this evening??? Or maybe only tomorrow morning????

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-27 18:31

      Shane, the Russian regime openly admits to supplying arms to the Syrian regime under existing weapons-supply contracts. Your analyses are faulty, biased against the West and freer world.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-27 14:48

    It's like a heavy weight fight in Madison Square gardens New York..blows land blood fly's in all directions and the crowds gasps....ahhhh's..and urges on who ever it supports...but it's not their blood,not their head getting pummeled into stupidity..!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-27 18:33


  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-27 14:52

    In the new,soon to come, world order..these war mongering nations will be held to account their leader put in front of firing squads and will this rot this corruption be cleansed from the mercy only accountability...!Let history be my judge!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-27 18:26

      Fortunately the New World that is emerging will look little like the one you are unfortunately imagining.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-28 05:55

      Dankie, A violent mind working overtime !!!!!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-27 15:28

    Where is the report on news24 about what is transpiring in Libya...banned weapons being used Libyans claiming that the country does not have a government that the country is run by armed militia,the slaughter of Libyans and to top it all the US blocking a Russian Draft proposal that the conflict be resolved peacefully..whatever credibility the US and NATO had is gone with the wind,,they are criminals who care nothing for the average human beings life but only their imperialist aims.They are a disgrace to humanity and will go down in history as such!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-27 16:23

      . Shame Dankie, It is all a bit much for you, is it not ??

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-27 18:32

      Dunkie, do you still believe Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the stable Middle East? Your exact words.

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