Syria attacked protestors in interesting areas

Posted: August 18, 2011 in Iran, Middle East
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Several areas where Syria has been viciously cracking down on protestors have particular significance. Note these quotes from the previous article:

“The IAEA in 2011 assessed that Syria’s al Kibar facility in Deir al Zour, destroyed by an Israel air strike in 2007, was very likely a covert nuclear reactor built with North Korean assistance.”

“August 13, 2011: The Iranian regime agreed to provide $23 million to construct a military base in Latakia, Syria following a June 2011 meeting in Tehran between Syrian deputy vice president Muhammad Nasif Kheirbek and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force commander Qassem Suleimani.

The base, to be built by the end of 2012, will house IRGC officers who will coordinate weapons shipments from Iran to Syria. According to a Western security official, ‘The direct route is being set up to make it easier to pass advanced Iranian weapons and equipment to Syria.'”

Assad says he has now stopped his attacks on these areas, despite evidence to the contrary. See today’s article below.

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Assad says Syrian operations have stopped
Aljazeera online 18 Aug 2011

(However…) “Activists said that security forces were continuing their assaults on the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor and in areas of the coastal city of Latakia, despite state media reports of troop withdrawals. Those reports were also disputed by Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, who said Syrian soldiers were still in Deir ez-Zor and other towns. Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in Deir ez-Zor and Latakia since the weekend.”

Military and police operations against protesters in Syria have stopped, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world body said in a statement.

The announcement comes ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday at which the UN’s human rights chief, Navi Pillay, could call for Syria’s crackdown on protesters to be referred to the International Criminal Court, according to diplomats.

In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban “expressed alarm at the latest reports of continued widespread violations of human rights and excessive use of force by Syrian security forces against civilians across Syria, including in the Al Ramel district of Lattakia, home to several thousands of Palestinian refugees,” the United Nations said in a statement.

“The Secretary-General emphasised that all military operations and mass arrests must cease immediately. President Assad said that the military and police operations had stopped,” the statement added.

The government’s crackdown in Syria is estimated to have killed at least 2,000 civilians since the protests began in March. According to activists, Assad has unleashed tanks, ground troops, snipers and warships in an attempt to retake control in rebellious areas.

Activists said that security forces were continuing their assaults on the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor and in areas of the coastal city of Latakia, despite state media reports of troop withdrawals. Those reports were also disputed by Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, who said Syrian soldiers were still in Deir ez-Zor and other towns.

Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in Deir ez-Zor and Latakia since the weekend.

http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2011/08/201181834547755984.html

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