Syria regime troops pound Rastan

2012-05-23 10:00

Beirut - Regime forces on Wednesday pounded rebel bastion Rastan, in central Syria, at an average rate of "one shell a minute", said a monitoring group, adding that three civilians were killed across the country.

Besieged by regime forces, Rastan is home to a large number of rebel fighters, according to opposition sources.

Most of Rastan's residents have fled after months of fighting, but regime forces have been unable to regain control of the town. On 14 May, 23 regular troops were killed in fighting during a failed assault.

In the southern province of Daraa, one civilian was shot dead near an army checkpoint at Inkhel, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In nearby Sheikh Meskin, several youths were arrested, according to the Britain-based watchdog.

Another civilian was killed by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo, while in Qusayr in the central Homs province, a third civilian was shot dead by a sniper, the monitoring group added.

Increasingly violent

A loud explosion was heard in the capital Damascus, the Observatory said, without providing any further details on the blast.

Other blasts were heard in several Syrian provinces during the night, including in Harasta and Douma, two suburbs of the capital that have seen fierce fighting between regime and rebel forces in the past few days.

A total of 26 people, including 14 civilians and 12 soldiers, were killed in violence on Tuesday, the Observatory said.

Fighting has grown increasingly violent around Damascus, Aleppo and northwest Idlib, despite the presence of about 270 UN truce monitors on the ground.

More than 12 000 people have been killed in Syria since a revolt broke out in March last year, prompting the regime to launch a fierce crackdown on dissent.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-23 12:01

    Keep going you BRAVE SYRIANS, You WILL get rid of this evil and violent assad dynasty !! EVERY decent person in this whole world, stands behind you !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 06:10

      Patrick, what are you talking about now? How can Anthony be "an Arab hater of note" when he's encouraging the Syrian people, who are Arabs, to free themselves from decades of oppression? You're not making sense again.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 06:17

      Furthermore Patrick, civil war is happening in Syria because the cold dictator Bashar Assad is being allowed by the international community to use the Syrian state to destroy Syrians demanding nothing more than the right to vote. Civil war would largely be averted were he not allowed to do this. By your opposition to external assistance to the Syrian people trying to free themselves, YOU are promoting civil war. Unfortunately you're probably not aware of this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 08:39

      Did you not read my reply to you on the other thread? Here it is again. The international community must stand together as one against unelected autocratic regimes such as Syria. In so doing, these regimes will disappear without much violence, and the people of those countries, and the world, will be better off. For as long as the rogue Russian regime arms Assad, and the self-centered autocratic Chinese regime is irresponsible, does not respond to the plight of the Syrian people, this unfortunately will not happen. Thus, that part of the international community that believes in human rights and individual freedoms must go ahead without them. It must give Assad a deadline within which to step down, or face the consequences, which would include military action. I believe Russia will back down, and China will not do anything. Assad and his violence will be gone in a matter of weeks, and Syrians will be free. P.S. The Annan peace process doesn't stand a chance of succeeding because all the while Russia is arming Assad.

      Sharon - 2012-06-12 19:39

      @ patrick - no not yet,they say only about 12000 have been killed,when the figure rises to those of rwanda then we can call it a civil war,i say untill then lets watch and every now and then pass an insulting comment on news 24

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