Syrian revolt sees 'bloodiest week'

2012-06-27 14:38

Beirut - More than 15 800 people have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolt 15 months ago, a human rights watchdog said on Wednesday, adding that the past seven days had been the bloodiest so far.

"The pace of the killings has escalated," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The last week was the bloodiest week of the Syrian Revolution," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said by telephone, adding that 916 people were killed from 20 through 26 June.

Of the 15 804 people killed since March last year, 4 681 had lost their lives since a UN-backed ceasefire was supposed to take effect on 12 April, he said.

Of those, roughly a quarter – 1 197 - have been killed since the UN observer mission intended to oversee the peace plan suspended its operations on 16 June in the face of the mounting violence.

"The last month, from May 26 to June 26, was the deadliest since the start of the protests. During this period, 3 426 people were killed," Abdel Rahman said.

"The escalation of killings is due to the silence of the international community toward the crimes of the regime, its repression of the revolution, which has provoked violence from the opposition, and the unpunished shelling of towns and villages," he added.

Abdel Rahman's comments came after 129 people were killed in violence on Tuesday, 79 of them civilians, according to the Observatory's figures.

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-06-27 15:51

    More people died in our beautiful country since 1994 than in Siria..... !!!!!

      Kenny Bianco - 2012-06-28 08:21

      I wont be surprised to find out that NATO has a hand in this, let Syrians solve their own problems, Assad is not Gaddafi

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-28 08:45

      Thats right Kenny , he is his own brand of terror sponsoring , violent dictator as head of a crime family running a country.

  • Bardy - 2012-06-27 16:11

    15800 in 15 months? Lets work that out... Rounded off to 15000, that's 1000 people per month. Divided by 30 days in a month, makes it 33 people per day! Just over one person every hour! It's a massacre!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-27 16:42

    For close on eleven months the demonstrations were peaceful. This is Assad's bloody war on his own people. And world leaders watch.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-27 17:38

    Over the years, in many countries opposition leaders were assassinated, but to MURDER over TEN THOUSAND unarmed opposition / civilians is mind bogging, that the outside world has allowed this to happen. NO WAY, should it be allowed for this assad DOG to flee Syria. Like gaddafi, he had many chances to do so, now it is too late. Either on a direct flight to The Hague, or he should hang from a tree !!! What a piece of ROT !!!

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