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Syria jets kill 60+ as envoy visits

2012-12-24 08:03

Beirut - A government airstrike on Sunday on a bakery in a rebel-held town in central Syria killed more than 60 people, activists said, casting a pall over a visit by the international envoy charged with negotiating an end to the country's civil war.

The strike on the town of Halfaya left scattered bodies and debris up and down a street, and more than a dozen dead and wounded were trapped in tangled heap of dirt and rubble.

The attack appeared to be the government response to a newly announced rebel offensive seeking to drive the Syrian army from a constellation of towns and village north of the central city of Hama. Halfaya was the first of the area's towns to be "liberated" by rebel fighters, and activists saw Sunday's attack as payback.

"Halfaya was the first and biggest victory in the Hama countryside," said Hama activist Mousab Alhamadee via Skype. "That's why the regime is punishing them in this way."

The total death toll remained unclear, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 60 people were killed. That number is expected to rise, it said, because some 50 of those wounded in the strike are in critical condition.

Amateur videos posted online Sunday showed residents and armed rebels rushing to the scene. One stopped to cover a mound of human flesh lying in the street with his coat.

More than a dozen dead or seriously wounded people lay in the street near a simple, concrete building, some in puddles of blood. Near its front wall, bodies jutted from a pile of dirt and rubble on the sidewalk.

Rebels screamed in distress while trying to extract the bodies, while others carried away the wounded.

It was unclear from the videos if the building was indeed a bakery. Nearly all the dead and wounded appeared to be men, some wore camouflage, raising the possibility that the jet had targeted a rebel gathering.

For the past week, rebels have been launching attacks in the area, most notably in the nearby village of Morek, where they hope to seize control of the country's main north-south highway, preventing the regime from getting supplies to its forces further north in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.

 

Comments
  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-24 08:49

    What more will these idiots do in their desperate bid for power?

  • danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-24 08:56

    And not a single word of condemnation from ANYONE in the ARAB (and Muslim) WORLD.....

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 09:10

      The Arab league has made it stance known regarding the Syrian conflict. Should they be issuing statements daily. What's so great about condemnation? It's meaningless!

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 09:05

    "Nearly all the dead and wounded appeared to be men, some wore camouflage, raising the possibility that the jet had targeted a rebel gathering." It was a "rebel" gathering indeed!

      boom.baracus - 2012-12-24 11:59

      Well done Fidelity. We all missed that. Thanks for pointing it out. Thank goodness we have your super-human intelligence to ensure we all know the "truth".

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 12:31

      I am very skeptical of any 'facts' produced by the anti groups - their agendas are set to clearly produce false or distorted information. I'm gratified to learn that I'm a member of the intelligentsia. At the risk of seeming churlish, I won't get a tee-shirt printed until my intellect impresses someone of a higher calibre.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-24 17:45

      . The lunatics of the violent left, are masters in distortion of facts, Anything goes, as long as their hero is not put into a bad light. """I am very skeptical of any 'facts' produced by the pro groups - their agendas areset to clearly produce false or distorted information."""

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-24 20:02

      . The problem with these lunatics of the violent left, is that they are soo slimy. They are spineless and not interested in the truth, but rather spew out their HATRED for anything Western!!! They have not got it in them, to clearly state that they support ----DICTATORS---WAR CRIMINALS----MURDEROUS PSYCHOPATHS---- But rather come with their BS, that they are on the side of the people, but in the meantime they are on the side of tyrants, like ahmadinejad putin assad gaddafi mugabe and other scum!! ps, by the way Fidel, maybe wipe the sh.t out of your eyes, and have another good look at this 'bakery' video. Only the ones blinded with anti Western crap, will deny, that there are lifeless children's bodies on the ground. HOW SICK AND DISTURBED THE LEFT IS !!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-25 09:14

      Ah, the bitter, twisted rage of a delusional simpleton. Bless him!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-25 10:00

      . The ONLY sensible thing you have said this whole year !!!! I agree, assad is bitter and twisted !!!

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-12-24 09:07

    How many more must die? Is the UN paying lips service to the situation? Syria is burning, something must be done. Intenational communities, must act now before we witness the total collapse of humankind.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 09:18

      The UN, Russia and China have tried to get the two opposing parties to sit down and negotiate, but these so called rebels are being egged on to fight to the end by the democratic Gulf countries and the Nato terrorists, who don't care about Syrian lives other than their own geo political interests.

      boom.baracus - 2012-12-24 11:56

      Yes Fidelity, China and Russia are so altruistic. It's only the bad Nato members that look after their own geo political interests. Those naughty Americans should learn from the saintly Russians (who cares about Chechnya?) and China (who cares about the invasion of Tibet and the ethnic cleansing of ethnic Tibetans?). Thanks for letting us know what is really happening and for showing us all the correct perspective.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 12:28

      Russia and China have been consistent about their position in Syria, and that is the halting of hostilities by both sides, which will SAVE Syrian lives immediately. Despite their "hidden agenda", their main concern has been the lives of Syrian civilians and that country's security. Introducing irrelevancies doesn't change that fact!

      boom.baracus - 2012-12-24 12:33

      No you're right Fidelity. Of course, all they care about is the lives of the Syrian civilians. China and Russia are the bastions of human rights and perfect examples of countries who always do the right thing for the people. They never do anything for their own geo political benefit. How ridiculous of anyone to suggest otherwise.

      boom.baracus - 2012-12-24 12:36

      It's all the fault of the Nato nations and the arab states - if only they would simply allow the Syrian government to viciously murder and suppress their opponents without supporting them, then none of this would happen. How dare they support islamist terrorist groups openly hostile to them just to depose the wonderful Syrian regime?

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 12:55

      I get the impression you are changing the subject to suite your argument. "It's all the fault of the Nato nations and the arab states - if only they would simply allow the Syrian government to viciously murder and suppress their opponents without supporting them, then none of this would happen." There are other alternatives (like negotiations), as this supposed military support for these terrorists hasn't halted the bloodshed, but has rather escalated it as Syria is now awash with weapons in the hands of unaccountable Jihadists. War is the opposite of peace and cannot secure it!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-24 17:50

      . It is as clear as water ! The Syrian people are NOT going to negotiate awith this assad TERRORIST. For FIFTY YEARS, they have asked/demanded from these assad criminals to negotiate and to have elections. The ONLY response they got , for FIFTY YEARS, is the most unbelievable brutality and terror. Now, only the ignorant, dumb and stupid still believe negotiations is the answer. There is ONLY ONE WAY forward; These assads OUT !!!!!!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 18:06

      Your pathetic knack of repeating the same point is tiresome. There was no civil war in Syria in the preceding fifty years.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-24 20:18

      . """"No civil war in the preceding 50 years"""!!!!!! You really have lost any sense of reality !!! Since daddy scumbag, came to power fifty years ago, there has been popular uprisings, with hundreds of thousands of Syrians, opposed to these assad rule, arrested, vbeaten up, tortured, raped, maimed and many tens of thousands MURDERED, long before this latest popular uprising started 20 months ago !!! The most violent uprising was in 1982 in Hama, where there were 10000 Syrian opposition members slaughtered, although many, including your friend Robert Fisk, estimate the number mowed down was over 20000 !! ""NO CIVIL WAR IN THE PRECEDING FIFTY YEARS"" ????? Are you INSANE ?????????????????????

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2012-12-24 20:31

      Given your reality is pretty much a delusional fantasy world, I would think it safe to assume that you live in a reality all of your own. Inventing and repeating words and framing does not mean they reflect the reality. Yes there was no civil war in the preceding 50 years. You must have a different interpretation to the rest of us of what a civil war is. Your utter cluelessness about the distinction between a "civil war" or uprisings in general can also be abstracted as a dumb opinion in any open forum.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-24 21:38

      . Well, let me assure you, that the Sytrians could not give a damn about your interpretations !!! But, than.....who are they to talk ?????

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