Monday, August 1, 2011

Syria arrests an important opposition leader

The Syrian forces have arrested the leader of the tribe Baqqara, a major source of opposition to President Bashar Al Assad. Nawaf al-Bashir, who rules over more than a million baqaruíes, most residents in the province of Deir Al Zor, was arrested this afternoon in the village of Ein qirsh in Damascus, said the opposition itself.

Hours before his arrest, Bashir told the media their intention to cease armed response to the attacks of al-Assad and convincing the residents of Deir Al Zor they resort to peaceful methods of protest. The attack was part, says the NGO Union of Coordination of the Revolution Syria, the beginning of a full-scale assault on the town.

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