Major violence in Syria during uprising

2012-07-13 16:11

Some of the major bloodshed in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011 against the regime of President Bashar Assad. In many cases, the Syrian government counters rebel claims by blaming the attacks on "armed" groups.

- 6 June 2012, Mazraat al-Qubair: At least 78 people shot, hacked or burned to death in the central Syrian village. Activists said pro-government militiamen known as "shabiha" were responsible. A UN spokesperson called it a "horrific crime".

- 12 May 2012, Houla: Activists say assailants gunned down people in the streets and stabbed women and children in their homes after large anti-government protests in Houla, a group of villages in central Syria. The UN says at least 108 people were killed, including 49 children.

- Early April 2012, Taftanaz and Killi: Activist claim at least 100 dead from government offensives in the northern Idlib province.

- February 2012, Homs:
Near-daily bombardments from Syrian forces, along with attacks blamed on pro-government militiamen, kill hundreds of people over several weeks in the Baba Amr neighbourhood. The destruction leaves the district virtually deserted.

- 23 December 2011, Damascus:
Back-to-back car bombs near Syria's intelligence agencies killed at least 44 in the first major attack in the heat of the capital. Syria's state-run TV blamed al-Qaeda militants.

- 19 December 2011, Idlib Province: Activists say at least 72 military defectors gunned down in northern Syria during an attempted escape. Scores more reported killed in following days in hunt for mutinous soldiers.

- 22 April 2012, Deraa area: At least 75 people killed in clashes with security forces in southern Syria. Amnesty International said the dead included a 7-year-old boy.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-13 17:00

    If you hear the phrase "unverified" or "cannot be verified" in a news report then consider it to be untrue and manipulated.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-13 22:36

      duly noted fidel and most likely an attempt at propoganda by parties with vested interest! Come on spindoctors lets hear your take on it!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-14 10:54

      Rude, Well, it is not if one is falling over one and other, to reply to your dumb comment !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-15 14:03

      That's unfortunately Fidel's slant on these words, based on his obsessive and immature "the West is evil" core belief. To others who don't choose to hold that belief the words mean what they say: unverified or cannot be verified. In the context of Syria, similar to the violent and autocratic Apartheid regime, they reflect the cruel attempt of the unelected leadership there to cover up its murders, tortures and rapes. They also reflect the higher verification standards that the freer world's press hold, compated to Fidel's and those of autocratic regimes. Rude puts himself in this dusional category as well, with the anti-Westvbeliefs he holds.,

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