Syria urged to halt Aleppo offensive

2012-07-27 20:04

London - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the Assad regime on Friday to stop its offensive on Syria's second city Aleppo, amid fears of an all-out onslaught against rebel forces and civilians.

"I'm seriously concerned by the escalating violence in Aleppo," Ban said during a visit to London for the Olympic Games. "I urge the Syrian government to halt the offensive."

"The violence from both sides must stop for the sake of suffering civilians in Syria," he added, following a meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Ban's warning came as world powers voiced fears that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be preparing a "massacre" of his own people.

Hague earlier said the assault could spark a humanitarian disaster.

"This utterly unacceptable escalation of the conflict could lead to a devastating loss of civilian life," Hague said in a statement.

Tanks, helicopter gunships and warplanes have poured into Aleppo over the past two days, with troops firing on a string of rebel neighbourhoods in its southwest on Friday in the battle to control the commercial hub.

Syrian rebels said Friday they had captured 100 soldiers and militia members in Aleppo.

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-27 20:39

    Toothless yapping. Oooo, stop that now, pleeeeez! Pretty pleeeez!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-27 21:22

    Without the freer world's backing, and with RUssia and China's complicate actions, this means nothing. Syrians and their families will continue to be slaughtered, until Assad and his (remaining) generals have been removed from power. And removed they will be.

  • Derrick Chong - 2012-07-28 03:33

    This BKM is a useless little fairy.... He says the same sh**t different day...he should quite and let someone else who actually does something instead of yapping all day long...all bark and no bite...

  • malik.vazi - 2012-07-28 11:52

    UN SG is a mouthpiece of a bandit army that is not interested in peaceful settlement of the conflict but a zero sum game. Well, my pain is with unarmed civilians but my prayers are with the legal Syrian Army at this moment of their need. They must hit the bandits so hard until the handlers comeout as they are starting to right now. Looking at every excuse for directly send their armies to invade instead of arms for syrians to be killed by other syrians. These born again che gueveras leave behind broken states wherever they go and hope Russia and China stop talking but send troops to help Syria, fight off any Turkish, Us, Israeli, Qatari, Jordanian, Saudi invasion and violation of Syrian land. Of cause Hizbollah will take care of the Al - Qaida and FSA before we breakfast this evening. God speed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-28 16:02

      The UN Secretary General is the mouthpiece of the Free Syria Army? Talk about no knowing what's going on. Your prayers are with the legal Syrian army? The legal Syrian army that is in the ands of an unelected dictator who's using it to slaughter Syrians and their families in their homes because they want to vote. Nice one. You've just made yourself a murderer, rapist, and torturer of people who want to free themselves from oppression and vote for their leaders.

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-28 19:12

      But it was okay for the Americans to pass the AAA (Anti-Apartheid Act) and other Western countries to clamp down on trade and initiate disinvestment? It was okay for Russia and China to give that group of professional bandits also known as Mkhonto we Sizwe AK-47's, limpet mines and grenades. Malik, I think you need to be a little bit more objective when analyzing these kinds of things.

  • malik.vazi - 2012-07-28 19:01

    Get off the high horse fred, your governments are the ones who install these dictators, remember Algerian elections when Islamists won and the CIA intervened? Remember Mubarak and King of Jordan have been getting bribes for years to help in persecution of Palestinians and denying them their right to return home. I won't mention Fallujah in Iraq where grass can never grow again because your armies used mini nukes on the insurgents and of cause the little matter of drone attacks in Pakistan than kill civilians every-time your leaders can't find sleep at nite or have domestic arguments. Now you want the world to support killing Syrians under the guise of freedom whereas u deny the Palestinians the same right? One man's freedom fighter is another's terrorist. For Al-Asaad, his terrorists are the FSA and their handlers like and cheerleaders like you. If guns will win freedom in Syria, I prefer to test that theory in palestine first instead of double standards. You cannot have it both ways while we are awake my friend, not anymore atleast. Let Assaad hang by his 3 little heads and so for the bloodthirsty FSA and the democratic kings of arabia, the ones who will never allow elections in their countries and want the world to believe they want freedom for Syrians. Ask Turkey to give kurds self determination and right to exit the Ottoman empire and you might get a scud missile down under from them. Those are the people u want to flush down our throats, no thanks!.

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-07-28 19:14

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-28 20:30

      Malik, As usual you try to confuse, a rather uncomplicated issue. The Syrian mother, who is hiding with her kids under her bed, is really not interested in this silly childish crap of yours. No, she is trying, for her , and her kids to stay alive. Any moment, there can be a knock on her door, and if she does not open, they will kick her door in. THEY, are the soldiers of assad's terrorist army, and they have come to kill her and her kids. Her crime ?? She is married to a man who wants a change of government. Her husband is sick and tired, living in a country, where a family, members of a tiny minority tribe, have hijacked HIS country. A regime who has refused elections for FIFTY YEARS. He is sick and tired of living in a coutry run by FEAR !! Her husband, who could be a teacher or a plumber, has alwways been a peace loving man, who wanted to give his family as much as he could. One and a half years ago he went on the streets, UNARMED , and demonstrated against these assad's. But now he is no longer a peace loving man, He has seen family and friends and other opposition members gunned down by these assad thugs. Now he is also a murderer ! He managed to get a rifle smuggled in from Turkey, and tries to KILL as many of assad's animals as possible. He probably will never see his wife and kids again, but he is convinced that his kids will live in a better and more humane country than he has lived in all his live.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-28 20:45

      You value moral relativism, which is devoid of character and principle.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-28 20:55

      part 2 But time is running out, as these assad dogs are now looking for his wife and kids...... 'to teach him a lesson' !!!! He is no longer interested who supports the Syrian people, and even if terrorist organisations like Al-Quada wants to help them , it is also fine. So Malik, DON'T INSULT THE SYRIAN POPULATION WITH YOUR SICK AND DISTURBED BS The mother and her kids under ther bed are not interested in the Tunesian elections, nor about Iraq, or Turkey, the CIA, Mubarak, the Kurds, the Ottoman empire, etc, etc ,etc And nor is her husband. She wants her husband back, and he wants to be with his family, But foremost; --------------THEY WANT THEIR COUNTRY BACK !!!------------------

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-28 21:23

      "Persecution of Palestinians and denying them their right to return home". Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. The Palestinians with their unelected neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they invaded her twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call the occupied territories. There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. You call this "persecution of Palestinians". Clearly you're upside down and have fallen for the propaganda and rhetoric of the unelected dictators. In fact, from day one it was wage war on Israel, and today it's wage war on Israel. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

      jans.opresser - 2012-07-28 21:40

      fred.......... Their war for freedom in Libya may be over, but almost a year after they won the battle for the Libyan capital, a group of fighters have a new battlefield: Syria. Under the command of one of Libya's most well known rebel commanders, Al-Mahdi al-Harati, more than 30 Libyan fighters have made their way into Syria to support the Free Syrian Army rebels in their war against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Al-Harati, who commanded the Tripoli Revolutionary brigade -- which was the first group of rebels to enter the Libyan capital last August -- has been in Syria for months leading some of his former men and Syrian military defectors who have joined his "Liwaa al-Umma" or "The Banner of the Nation" brigade. Recent YouTube videos show at least two different Syrian rebel factions announcing that they are part of the Liwa al-Umma. Al-Harati, who has dual Libyan and Irish citizenship, first visited Syria last year on what he calls a "fact finding mission" to see the situation on the ground and find out what Syrian rebels needed. ITS OVER FRED,OR ANTHONY,or whom ever you are today. the rebels are foreign jihadist,AS YOU READ WITH YOUR OWN EYES! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING TO SAVE ASSAD FROM THE FOREIGN INVASION!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-28 22:19

      'thatconfusedbrotherfromnewyorkwhohatesafricasomuc' I salute Al-Harati, what an honorable man!!!, First he helps get rid of his own dictator, that prostitue gaddafi, and than he helps the Syrians to get rid of their dog The Libyans and now the Syrians , must be soo proud of him!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-28 22:26

      'thatpatheticbrotherfromnewyorkcity' Are you not embarrassed to come with all this endless crap ? You were soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong with Libya, and now you show time and again, you have not got a clue of what's happening in Syria, And your so called 'news flashes' have been on CNN, SKY. BBC, Al-Jazeera, for the last few months..........................!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-28 22:26

      Jans, you're still confusing yourself. The Libyan "rebels" freed Libya from decades of crazy, narcissistic rule by the unelected dictator Moamar Gaddafi, who went mad and started killing everyone because they wanted to vote. That a group of these rebels has crossed the border into Syria to help the Free Syria Army makes total sense. They're not Jihadists. They're the Libyan rebel fighters.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-28 22:31

      As to your passionate focus on Russia saving Assad, Jans, are you even remotely aware that the Russian regime is neo-Soviet, led by an ex-KGB officer? You also don't seem to care that Assad is an unelected dictator who's family has been in control of the Syrian state and military, and is using these to slaughter Syrians in their homes, just because they want to vote. This does not go down well on a South African website. South Africans freed themselves from 48 years of unelected rule by an oppressive regime. South Africans know a thing or two about oppression.

      jans.opresser - 2012-07-28 23:49

      hey fred,or Anthony or who ever the hell you are today. can you TWO please enlighten all of us who only have one identity,on who WON THE ELECTIONS IN LIBYA THAT WERE HELD OVER THREE WEEKS AGO IN THAT NEW BASTION OF DEMOCRACY? can you please tell us all who the new president is in that country,since the people had a right to "vote" AS YOU CLAIMED!? I am sure you cant!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 03:27

      Jans, My name is Anthony, and I believe Fred is Fred. But YOU are 'thatdisturbedguyfromthestates' as I can smell your HATRED 15000 km away. You are also the only one on these sites,who according to yur enticement to violence, is actually a real terrorist!! Re; Libya, let me assure you, that there is hardly a Libyan, who wants that gaddafi prostitute, to come back from his 'sand holiday' I don't know what you are on about,with "one" dentity. ( I do know in elections all over the world, there are some problems with 'identity' And you are quite right, I can't tell you, who the President of Libya is, as there have ben no elections held, to determine this. The elections held are only part of a political process. May I just remind you that this terrorist gaddafi distroyed EVERTHING in Libyan politics, and so the Libyans had to start from scratch. They have done a remarkeble job !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-29 03:56

      Jans, I'm not here to "enlighten all of you". Again, you don't have authority to speak for anyone but yourself. One person. I'm not here to enlighten anyone. I'm here to express my views, and respond to others' views such as yours. I want to strongly recommend that you suspend your prevonceived, prejudiced beliefs and then inform yourself more, before posting messages here. Your facts are often basically wrong, which makes your raw prejudices obvious. The Muslim Brotherhood won just 17 seats of the 80 reserved for political parties, in the first of a series of elections in Libya, that will lead to the drawing up of a new Libyan constitution and bill of rights. There will be 200 seats in all, the majority reserved for independents. A wise decision, I think. The National Forces Alliance won 39 of the party seats, and it is led by the ex-Prime Minister Jabril. Your continual negative expectations, bias, prejudice and anti-West hatred is blinding you to the rebirth of the Middle Eastern spirit after decades of violent and oppressive rule.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-29 04:00

      The limiting of party seats, and the reserving of the majority of seats for independents is an improvement on the highly polarized US and Western European system of democracy. You should be proud, not blinding yourself with rhetorical prejudices.

  • dexter.morganson - 2012-07-29 00:13

    Didn't all of you guys just celebrate the jailing of the Boeremag crew for fighting against they saw as a terrorist state? I mean let's face it, the Government hasn't really jumped up to do anything about the blatant violence against White farmers in this country since '94, in fact they only proposed to steal their lands. Now how come rebels in Syria is considered poor folk fighting to survive against an oppressive government(And they do it by means of violence to overthrow the government) and the Boeremag that was just tried and sentenced for High Treason? Do I detect a hint of hypocrisy here? When the every expanding Israeli's start to talk about removing a political leader, anything that comes out as news from the targeted country should be considered black propaganda until proven otherwise. America will back Israel like they've always done, America never does anything for anyone except themselves and their own(And Israel's) needs. Solution for democracy in the middle east(American style), bomb them. What's the difference then?

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