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.

China reaffirms its military power with the launch of its first aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier, purchased from Ukraine in 1998, started on Wednesday its maiden voyage sailing from northeastern Dalian port, a fact that culminates 70 years of longing from the Navy and with the country's armed forces want to reaffirm its military power. After a long process of repair and updating, and ending years of speculation in the media, the military vessel left the port of Dalian in Liaoning Province (northeast) and did a brief tour before returning to port.

U.S. sanctions to a bank and the largest mobile operator in Syria

The Department of U.S. Treasury on Wednesday announced new sanctions against the Commercial Bank of Syria, state-owned and the largest mobile operator in the country to lend support to the government of Bashar al-Assad in the spotlight the repression against demonstrators. In addition to the Commercial Bank of Syria, Washington has also established new punishments for its subsidiary in Lebanon, the Commercial Bank Siriolibanés.

Police announced over 800 arrests following the death of three people

A total of 805 people have been arrested in London because of the wave of street violence and looting that began on Saturday in the neighborhood of Tottenham, Scotland Yard said today. The Metropolitan Police said 251 of those arrested have been charged. British Interior Minister, Theresa May, has ordered the suspension of permits for all stakeholders to tackle public disorder in several cities in England, who met his fourth consecutive night yesterday.