Clashes mar day old Syrian ceasefire

2012-04-13 10:06

Beirut - Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought rebels near the border with Turkey on Friday, activists said, the first clash since a UN-brokered ceasefire came into effect a day earlier.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting broke out in the northwestern province of Idlib, close to the border with Turkey, after army troops deployed to try to clear rebels out of the area.

Some of the gunmen pulled out when the shooting started, the group's director Rami Abdulrahman said. He said there were no immediate reports of casualties and the fighting appeared to have stopped.

The grassroots Local Co-ordination Committees said there had been heavy gunfire in the village of Kherbet Joz, close to the Turkish frontier. Dozens of tanks were deployed on the edge of the village, it said.

Abdulrahman said that Thursday's ceasefire, brokered by international mediator Kofia Annan, appeared to be holding in the rest of the country, but there was still no sign of any army withdrawal from urban centres, as called for by Annan.

The United Nations says Assad's forces have killed 9 000 people since an uprising against him erupted 13 months ago. Authorities blame the violence on foreign-backed militants who they said have killed more than 2 500 police and soldiers.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-13 11:23

    Turkey should enforce its territorial intergrity by ensuring that its borders are secured and aren't used to smuggle foreign terrorists into Syria.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-13 13:09

      Strange that after 10 000 killed, 40 000 Injured, 70 000 arrests, there has NOT been ONE foreigner........... You can't possibly be THAT naive to believe, that if they would have found a foreigner, he would not have been paraded on this dictator's TV station. Let's see what half baked pseudo intellectual BS answer you will now come up with !!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 13:24

      The absence of evidence doesn't mean the evidence of absence! I wonder whether you, with your standard of comprehension can fathom this. I will not be linking any evidence for you, do your own research.

      Fred - 2012-04-13 18:02

      It's not that smart Fidel, notwithstanding what your considerable Ego says to you.

      Fred - 2012-04-13 18:04

      According to Fidel, the unelected, autocratic Syrian regime that's been in unelected power for 48 years is being attacked by terrorists. :) :)

      Fred - 2012-04-13 22:35

      The chip is still big on your shoulder Patrick, B I G

      Fred - 2012-04-14 02:59

      And while you're protecting that chip, Syrian families are literally being slaughtered by the babyface UNELECTED dictator Bashar Assad. Heal the chip, drop the delusion, the world will be clearer and brighter.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 09:06

      ''Western slaughter in Libya"" ???? What are you on about ??? It is only your absurd anti Western thoughts, that makes it possible, to make such an INSANE statement like this. Future elections in Libya will show that almost EVERY Libyan, is over the moon , that their 41 year nightmare has come to an end ! And YOU, have a problem with this. Well, the Libyans themselves will tell you what you can do !! And if you are THAT concerned about Syrian lives, maybe it is about time you stop your silly childish conspiracy stories about Syria, and accept who is the problem in Syria; that MASS MURDERER assad !!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-14 12:52

      Patrick, gaddafi===true African hero !!!!! That is such a silly statement to make. You wish he was, but he was the PARIAH of Africa. a CRIMINAL THUG, who terrorized the Libyan population for 41 years !! Where are all those MILLIONS of Libyans who "LOVVVVVVVED" this mass murderer ?? The reason so many African leaders tolerated his MADNESS; CORRUPTION !!!! This gaddafi had no principles, no standards, he was the prostitute of North Africa. As weak as, willing to sleep with anyone, who was willing to pay. Although Fidel Castro is a dictator and has put many of his opposition in jail, compared to gaddafi, it is like comparing chalk and cheese !!!

      Fred - 2012-04-14 13:35

      Which slaughter Patrick? The HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians killed by car bombs and suicide attacks by Jihadists, who the US is successfully countering while you lie about, and too many truer Muslims stand by and do nothing about.

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