90 die in Syria

2012-07-22 14:30

Beirut - At least 90 people were killed across Syria on Saturday, as the clock started ticking on a 30-day deadline for violence to abate sufficiently for a troubled UN observer mission to remain in place.

At least 41 civilians were among the dead as clashes rocked both of the country's largest cities, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In the capital, 12 civilians were killed, seven of them by sniper fire, the Britain-based watchdog said. Among them were a couple and their son, gunned down in Bab Tuma, a previously quiet Christian neighbourhood of the Old City.

Two bodies were also recovered from a home in the Midan district of south Damascus, scene of a major counter-offensive by special forces and elite Republican Guards units against rebel fighters earlier in the week.

The Observatory had few immediate details on casualties from what it said were very fierce clashes between troops and rebels in second city Aleppo. It said one rebel fighter had died of his wounds.

The renewed bloodshed came a day after the Security Council added a "final" 30 days to the mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, tasked with overseeing a ceasefire that was supposed to have taken effect in April but which has been violated daily.

A resolution passed unanimously late on Friday said any further extension would only be considered if UN chief Ban Ki-moon "reports, and the Security Council confirms, the cessation of the use of heavy weapons and a reduction in the level of violence sufficient to allow UNSMIS to implement its mandate."

The vote came a day after 302 people were killed in what the Observatory said was the deadliest day of the more than 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 14:51

    The Syrian people will soon be rid of FIFTY YEARS of tyranny. Nobody, but nobody, is going to stop these brave Syrians to achieve their one common goal; The departure of these assad terorists !!! Dead or alive !!!

  • Fidel - 2012-07-22 15:28

    False freedom is very expensive. Fake freedom costs billion of dollars, phony freedom has cost the lives of innocent Syrians. Fanciful freedom means the destruction of a country and its infrastructure. Irresponsibility is not freedom!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 15:37

      NO, WRONG AGAIN !!! ""Fanciful freedom means the destruction of a country and its infrastructure"" It is the Russian support for this assad terrorist that causes the distruction of a country and its infrastructure!!! The Syrian population, WANT THEIR COUNTRY BACK !!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-07-22 15:41

      They are certainly not going to get it using violence. The Jihadists aren't going to defeat the the Syrian army militarily. The time will have to come for them to consider negotiations.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 15:53

      NO, WRONG AGAIN The Tunesians defeated their armed forces !! The Egyptians defeated their armed forces !! The Libyans defeated their armed forces !! And the Syrians will defeat their armed forces !! A nation that has lost its FEAR< is more powerfull than TANKS, AIRCRAFT AND GUNSHIP HELICOPTERS !!! The assad terrorists have lost long ago, and the Syrian leadership is on the run, its now a matter of cleaning up !!! Russia has lost all its influence in Syria, and as a matter of fact, in most of the ME!!

      Fidel - 2012-07-22 16:03

      Trying to be disingeneous as usual. There was no armed confrontation in both Tunesia and Egypt. It was Nato warplanes that defeated the outdated Libyan army.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 16:24

      Again, you make up your own 'history' How do you think all those Egyptian demaonstrators died?? Mosquito bites ???? Why do you think the UN aproved a 'no fly zone' ??? To stop Libyans to fly their kites ??? The absolute rubbish you talk, is beyond believe !! Let's hope this assad terorist won't forget, to send you a birthday card, I believe the ICC, will give him free stamps !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 16:27

      Fidel's immature anti-West core belief renders him blind to true reality. To him the uprising in Syria is fake, and the unelected dictator, armed by the neo-Communist Russian regime, is not destroying Syrians, their families and the country. He is waiting for the neo-Communist RUssian and CHinese regimes to bring democracy to the Middle East, when they themselves don't have it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 17:25

      @Anthony You are not only disingeneous but a liar as well. The deaths in Egypt were attributed to that country's riot police. There were no armed gangs in Egypt. "Why do you think the UN aproved a 'no fly zone' ??? To stop Libyans to fly their kites ???" This neither supports your point nor detracts from mine. All you do in responses is try denigrate, dismiss, disinform and lie as I have shown several times. Remember ad hominen.....

      dominic.goller.9 - 2012-07-22 17:44

      you are wrong, assad is finished in syria, its only a matter of time before he goes. he will go. but the only thing we dont know is who will replace him. syria is in real danger of falling apart. and i guess you also never heard how the druze are asking to come back to israel, they asking the red cross to help them get back

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 18:03

      FIDEL, To be called a 'liar' by you, is a honour !! You and your extremists buddies are masters in CONFUSION You make out if the Syria issue is sooo complicated, and deliberately come with all kind of stuff, that its totally irrelevant. Here we got a nation, which has been terrorized for FIFTY YEARS by this assad family. At long last the Syrians have lost their FEAR, and NOW want THEIR country back. SIMPLE AS THAT !!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 18:12

      You are just speculating, and a lot of people are making a killing in speculation nowadays. By the way I don't care whether Assad goes or stays. What I care about is the destabilisation of sovereign countries by the Nato hawks using contras in order to install pliable governments in those countries for their geo-political and economic reasons. Spreading democracy and human rights is a fig leaf for neo-imperialism, it is not as though the west is subtle about it. Since when did the west care about the human rights of Muslims?

      dominic.goller.9 - 2012-07-22 18:17

      your argument about nato flew out the window when libya voted last week. nato will not go to war over syria. the only one going to do any bobing there will be israel when they take out his chemical weapons before it falls into the wrong hands

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 18:18

      Fidel only cares about opposing "the evil West". This highly immature binary view unwittingly leads him to enable the slaughter of Muslims in their homes by unelected dictators and Jihadists.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 18:20

      Since when did YOU care about ANYBODY ?? 99.9% of ALL people in the whole world, would agree with me, that when you say' "STOP ALL WESTERN AID TO AFRICA" that in that case you are an enemy of your own people. A decision like this would cost the lives of MILLIONS OF AFRICANS, on our continent. BUT, you want to make others believe, that you care about Syrians. Go and bullsh.t somewhere else !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-22 19:01

      @Dominic It doesn't matter how ordinary Libyans voted. There is a pliable government in that country taking instruction from foreigners. Libya lost its independence the moment the TNC asked foreigners to bomb their country. Do you seriously believe that Muslims, even the ones fighting Assad would sit by and let Israel bomb Syria. @Anthony There is nothing in your comment that warrants serious effort to respond. Shriller and shriller by the day. When you're in a hole, etc, etc....

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 19:38

      fidel, Whatever!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-22 23:24

      In Libya, to Fidel, the "foreigners" controlling or plying the local government (which in fact hasn't been firmed yet) is the evil West. His immature bipolar world view is not only faulty, but highly disrespectful to the millions of Libyans who've freed themselves from decades of mad tyranny at the hands of Moamar Gaddafi.

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