Thursday, August 11, 2011

A new military offensive in the city of Hama leaves at least 50 dead

At least 50 people have died in a new Syrian military offensive in several areas of the city of Hama, as reported Wednesday the National Human Rights Organization in Syria. The victims had eight children. Hama was during the middle weeks of protests against the president, Bashar Assad, but on Monday the army said it had begun to withdraw from the city.

On the other hand, according to Al Jazeera the army is conducting raids in Deir Ezzor in the Northeast. There would be carrying out mass arrests in neighborhoods and Al Ardi Al Qasur. According to some neighbors, columns of tanks are moving towards the last quarter. According to the opposition, repression against the population claimed 34 fatalities in Deir Ezzor on Tuesday, including 11 children.

Since the protests began Asad, more than 1,730 civilians and 406 agents of the security services were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More violence sweeps New Deir Ezzor dead Hama and respond to the escalation of repressive violence was expected to take place, despite international condemnation.

"The Assad regime fiercely resisted international pressure and condemnation from the Saudis, the Cooperation Council for the Gulf and Turkey. None of his releases have had an immediate effect, "said Rami Khouri, a specialist in political and international affairs at the American University of Beirut.

He added that" the regime will have a real problem when they are totally isolated internationally, except for Iran; then the time will have to find a real solution, although it will be too late. "The support of the regime for its part, Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Centre, a public policy research and reflection based in Beirut estimated that the regime is likely to continue with the crackdown until their support inside Syria back to back.

"There are three main groups: Alawite community, military and business elite of Aleppo and Damascus," he said. "But difficult to know which of them will be the first to stop supporting Asad. His regime puts in doubt the world and even his own people is not about to endure in these conditions.

It will sink but it is difficult to know when and how "he concluded.

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