Syrian forces tighten siege on Homs

2012-02-09 10:00

Beirut - Syrian government forces on Thursday tightened their siege of the dissident central province of Homs, a day after killing more than 100 people in heavy shelling, opposition activists said.

"More than 1 000 troopers backed by dozens of tanks are now positioned on the outskirts of Homs," Omar Homsi, an activist based in the area, said by satellite phone.

He said the shelling continued on Thursday on the districts of Baba Amr, al-Bayyada and al-Khalidiyeh in Homs, killing at least five people.

"This signals preparations for a major onslaught on the areas where activists and defectors are based," Homsi said.

The Syrian opposition has called for Arab and Western countries to intervene to immediately stop attacks on residential areas.

On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Arab League head Nabil al-Arabi had informed him that the pan-Arab organization planned to send a monitoring mission back to Syria and asked for UN help.

The Arab League suspended its monitoring mission to Syria on January 28 because of rising violence.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-09 10:53

    The unaccountable Syrian Natioanl Council based in Turkey should realise that they are not going to shoot their way to power but rather negotiate with the Syrian government for a peaceful transission and reconciliation, even though I doubt they have any control of the armed insurgents engaged in civil war in that country. "Take your guns, your knives and your pangas, and throw them into the sea. Close down the death factories. End this war now!" Nelson Mandela

      Ryan - 2012-02-09 11:27

      you really have no clue.sounds like you think the dictator Assad is the good guy and the people of Syria with no freedom are the bad guys. Assad has no intention of leaving peacefully

      Fidel - 2012-02-09 12:17

      In a war, there are no good or bad guys, both parties engage in attrocities, e.g. Dresden. Did Assad tell you that, or you have been swallowing the propaganda by MSM as strawberries and cream.

      Ryan - 2012-02-09 14:42

      you are missing the point. if they could have negotiated that illegitimate dictator out of power they would have. armed resistance was not the first resort. Human Rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have detailed how Bashar's regime and secret police routinely torture, imprison, and kill political opponents, and those who speak out against the regime. dialogue was impossible. and now that Assad has murdered thousands of his people you think they can talk with this monster ??? the opposition have said that is now impossible. did you also want to negotiate with Idi Amin, Castro, Charles Taylor, Hussein, Mugabe, Hitler, Gaddafi after what they had done ??? and if your answer is still yes, then I suppose in your wisdom negotation would have worked. NOT

      Fred - 2012-02-10 08:51

      It's ironical, because the propaganda-swallower is you Fidel, but you can't see it. :)

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-09 14:06

    We all know this is not about democracy. Its about america pleasing israel by forcing regime change so that the new stooges will adopt a policy friendly to israel and cut ties with iran. Obama needs jewish votes so what he is gonna do now? He's in a fix

      Ryan - 2012-02-09 14:45

      ya and I suppose democracy in SA came about for similar reasons. no one in their right mind would want freedom and democracy hey. try to appreciate what you have got now, and don't try deny it to others

      Fred - 2012-02-10 08:52

      As a black man who suffered prejudice, you should be ashamed of yourself for being an anti-semite. Have you not learnt?

      Fidel - 2012-02-10 09:05

      An "anti-Semite" is no longer someone who hates Jews, but someone the Talmudic Jews hate. Claims of anti-Semitism are a quick and easy way to try to sway the political debate by anyone who construes any sort of political criticism of Israel as criticism of Jews.

      Fred - 2012-02-10 09:12

      Well, just when I thought your ideas couldn't get any strange, out comes this clanger. An anti-semite is now a Jew who hates Jews. At least you're consistent in your craziness.

  • Hugh - 2012-02-10 09:27

    @Fidel, you are obviously a Muslim, as you see the world through that singular vision. Do you honestly think the Americans and Israelis instigated the Arab spring? These people that you condone are killing their own Muslim citizens who want a democratic country. Similar parallels could be drawn with SA. You're old enough to remember, so why is it that freedom is ok for you but not ok for other directorships? You really need to change your spectacles and allow others the freedom you enjoy.

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