Assad tours flashpoint Homs neighbourhood

2012-03-27 17:48

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday toured the former rebel stronghold of Baba Amr in Homs, assuring residents that the battered neighbourhood would be rebuilt and that normal life would resume.

"Baba Amr will be much better than before," the president told dozens of residents as he surveyed the destruction wrought on the neighbourhood following a month-long assault by regime forces.

The brief visit was aired on state television.

Assad, standing under a light drizzle, is seen during his tour discussing reconstruction efforts and saying that a plan was needed to be drawn up to ensure residents can return to their homes.

"We have to come up with a schedule in order to inform people when they can return to normal life," the president is overheard saying.

Ongoing clashes

Many residents, some weeping, cheered him on and one woman hugged and kissed him.

Baba Amr was overrun by regime forces on March 1 following a month-long relentless assault to root out rebels.

Hundreds of people, many of them civilians, were killed in the fighting that left much of the neighbourhood in ruins, according to rights groups.

Clashes have been ongoing in other neighbourhoods of the central city that has come to symbolise the one-year uprising against Assad's regime.

According to monitors, nearly 10 000 people, the majority civilians, have been killed across Syria in the revolt that broke out last March.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-27 18:34

    "normal life after your whole family has been murdered" it possible?

      wgjooste - 2012-03-27 20:23

      I suppose you want america to come and step in... look what happened in Afghanistan , reminding you of the 11 people from one family massacred... The rebels are just as much to blame for violence , what do you think will happen when a minority fights a majority

      Fred - 2012-03-27 23:08

      Wallyafrica, that is so dumb and heartless. Do you have any idea what you're actually saying?

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-27 18:45

    The HORRORS of Syria; 375 days and nights, non stop, attacking and murderding his opposition, and than this tyrant comes and looks what HIS troops have distroyed. This assad is not only a MASS MURDERER but also a PSYCHOPATH !!!

      wgjooste - 2012-03-27 20:18

      @Patrick , hmmm wonder how you make that conclusion , if you found the source you're right but if you concluded because it said Damascus at the top you're an idiot because that's the location reference....

      Jaba - 2012-03-28 15:54

      wallyafrica don’t call my friend an idiot, you wanka

  • wgjooste - 2012-03-27 20:14

    a minority against the majority , funded and backed by external sources... I dont agree with how Assad runs the country and the strict rules but thats their policies and beliefs , it would be like the IFP trying to overthrough the ANC with violence , obviously the ANC has to react otherwise they will be over thrown.... Now the UN wants them to sit back and let it happen...

      wgjooste - 2012-03-27 21:53

      @Patrick , Well I don't know the extent to how much influence these external forces have had but realistically they must of gotten the weapons somewhere... All the media is doing is promoting a war , so when people go oh why did they invade xxxx country there will be a reason. If you want to have some fun go look at the articles that US media published before afgan & iraq invasion... You'd see why so many people sat back and supported the war , but i am still to find someone to give me a reason that would justify the invasions of the countries. Now more and more americans are asking questions , to the reasons given and they feel cheated by the media.

      Fred - 2012-03-27 23:10

      You are completely out of touch with what had been happening in Syria. Best to inform yourself before you make an even bigger fool of yourself.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-28 08:05

      @Wally, Not sure what media you are talking about..., none of the "mainstream" media, is promoting war. Just for your info; the USA and Europe, at the very start of this uprising, imposed a arms embargo against Syria. The USA and Europe are not even thinking of arming the opposition, let alone invade Syria. If you just want to have a go at the West, fine, but don't make out if your rather silly comments, are "facts" !!!!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-28 10:23

      @ Patrick, Anything, to confuse this issue, and to support this tyrant. 80 procent of arms in Syria, originate from Russia !!! How many Western arm have been found with the opposition, in the past 12 months ??????.......NILL !!!! How many foreign troops have they found in Syria, in the past 12 months , Dead or alive..???????........( six French soldiers in Homs !!!!!!, That's all !!!!!!!) Which government has suggested an invasion, and / or arming the opposition......???????????? Two Arab ME countries.............That's all !!!!! But you keep making up your own stories, as long as you realize few fall this BS !!!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-28 16:11

      Patrick, he's saying you're making up stories and few are falling for the BS. There's no insult there. You on the other hand have said, "the world would be a better place if Jews were removed from all walks of life". Now theres an insult, actually beyond an insult to promoting genocide. The pseudo-victim, distinct from true victims, always do the victimizing.

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