Rebels seize parts of Damascus

2012-01-22 08:56

Beirut - Syrian rebels seized several parts of a suburb of the capital Damascus on Saturday, activists said, and heavy fighting continued late into the night.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said insurgents were now fighting the army at the entrances to the suburb of Douma, which has been a centre of protests in the 10-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

"No one can get in or out of Douma right now. This is the first time the rebels do anything more than hit-and-run attacks. Tonight they started making barriers in the streets and every few minutes I hear gunfire and explosions," an activist living in Douma told Reuters by Skype.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-22 10:41

    GREAT !!!!! The beginning of the end, for these assad THUGS !!!!!

      John - 2012-01-22 22:01

      Anthony, I am extremely surprised by these events. My superficial assessment of Syria was that the opposition which might take arms is actually small. The other opposition is aggrieved but not as far. so my assessment was that even in a democratic settlement Assad might well be able to be the biggest party around, and carry on governing with elections. Just not the same level of overall power, but still the big wig in charge. Was I wrong? Oh well, let me go and read more about it.

      Anthony - 2012-01-22 23:32

      @John, Let's assume, for a moment, that Assad still has the majoruty of Syrians supporting him, By not respecting and protecting the minorities, he has no right to be the head of government. And if he than, KILLS UNARMED protesters, whose only "crime" is to want a different government, than this leader belongs in jail or on the back of a bakkie!!!!!!!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-22 23:50

      Anthony, those "civilians" have taken up arms and as such are referred to as rebels now. They are killing Syrian soldiers as well and don't make them up to be some innocents because you said in another post that civil war is what you prefer if it gets rid of Assad and his cronies. Are you familiar with Kermit Roosevelt? This is an honest question.

      Anthony - 2012-01-23 06:49

      @Mthuthuzeli, I don't like the word "Rebels" ,as these ,demonstrators, are actually the "oposition", first in Libya and now Syria. Maybe a discription as, "Active Oposition" gives a far better discription of who these people are. It started of with "ordinary" Syrians; students, doctors, laborers, handymen, self employed, etc, etc, taking to the streets UNARMED, to demand a change of government. And what was assad'd response ?? The same as that tyrant gaddafi; "In that case I will kill you", and he started mowing "his" people down. ONLY THAN, did some very very brave ,active oposition members , take up arms, to fight these criminal scumbags in army uniform, hiding on rooftops. Nobody likes a civil war. But with the current situation in Syria, especially with many army deserters now joining the oposition, its difficult to discribe it any other way. One thing is for sure; The end of the assad family reign of terror, is comin to an end. The only question is : How many more Syrians have to die, before this happens, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 ??????????? Pa,I will just ignore your childish remark re Kermit Roosevelt !!

      Barry - 2012-01-23 07:01

      Lets all support these revolutionaries. "Rebels" certainly does not sound like the right word for them. I suppose the press has to use it as Assad's government is seen as still "legitimate". Seems there is going to be civil war. Hopefully the outcome will be the emergence of a popular government by the people of Syria

      Geo - 2012-01-23 13:40

      This uprising will reslut in nothing less than radical islamic rule by the so-called 'revolutionaries

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-22 11:03

    It appears that nothing can now stop the Syrian civil war and some people call that progress.

      Anthony - 2012-01-22 12:09

      @Mthuthuzeli, It most certainly is progress, to get rid of this assad family!! This is what UN SG, said re Syria: "The old way, the old order, is crumbling," Ban said. "One-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties, monopolies of wealth and power, the silencing of the media, the deprivation of fundamental freedoms that are the birthright of every man, woman and child on this planet - to all of this, the people say: Enough!"

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-22 13:09

      He is probaly right but you will never hear him make the same pronounciations regarding Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, etc, because his bosses would get rid of him. The man is a cipher. He's there to say and do what he's told needs to be said and done. Don't look to him for principles or beliefs of any kind beyond the mere instrumentality of occupying the office.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-22 13:14

      The West's political doctrines are inevitably bound up with the notion of supposedly inalienable human rights, as if these were somehow discovered inside the human body at about the same time as the circulation of blood. But we can't even agree among ourselves as to what those eternal rights are. It's entirely possible that new political structures will arise which are not only more coherent than the west's but which even they would accept provide adequate levels of freedom for the individual. The most undemocratic thing is to assume you have the complete answer and insist everyone else does democracy your way. This neo-con conceit is inherently totalitarian.

      Anthony - 2012-01-22 16:59

      @Mthuthuzeli, If you think its kul to insult the SG of the UN, than I suppose you must do so. But some of your comments, are very strange, and me for sure, don't understand what you are trying to say. You mention some other countries in the ME. Well, the good news is; The Arab Spring is far from over !!!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-23 07:42

      Nothing will happen in those countries, taking into account that the Obama administration have recently signed a $30bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia, are still shipping arms to Bahrain, and the US fifth fleet is stationed there. You shouldn't be expecting any objective or fair-minded stance on human rights abuses. This is the globalised economy, money, power and usefulness trump humanity every time - not that this is anything new, just that governments like to pay lip service to acknowledging human rights more than they once did. Those looking for power couldn't give a damn how many Syrians die. And those supporting them couldn't either. We've been here before. All the evidence is there when the regime is not a supplecant of western powers (Our son of a bitch), the human rights violations and mass killing by the western backed scumbags is glossed over.

  • rbczovczov - 2012-01-22 15:51

    The world is increasingly becoming hostile and uncomfortable for dictators!

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