The Arab League chief , Nabil al-Arabi, says the Syrian regime's killing of civilians amounts to crimes against humanity and is calling for an international inquiry. "The horrible crimes committed against innocent civilians in Homs, Idleb and in different parts of Syria, including acts of murder and physical liquidation of families, children, elderly and women are regarded as a crime against humanity," said the Arab League chief in a statement. He stressed that in moral and humanitarian terms, it is imperative to denounce the perpetrators, calling for the "opening of an impartial international investigation to reveal the truth of the facts and those responsible for these crimes."
Al-Arabi recalled the decisions of the Ministerial Council of the Arab League, including one adopted last Saturday and has denounced the gross violations of human rights in Syria and called for prosecuting the perpetrators. On Monday, some 50 charred bodies of women and children with their throats cut or stabbed were discovered in Homs.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a pro-government newspaper and an activist group reported Tuesday that the Syrian regime army recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months.
Also Tuesday, Syrian regime forces killed dozens of people near a mosque in the city of Idlib, opposition activists said. At the same time rebels killed at least 10 soldiers in an ambush in the same area, Reuters News reported.
Video footage showed the bloodied bodies of several unidentified men strewn on the floor of the mosque. An unseen voice said it was impossible to move them due to heavy shelling.
Moreover, SANA news reported that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Tuesday setting May 7 as the date for parliamentary elections. This election is another step taken by the Syrian government in the direction of reforms, official sources conveyed.
A referendum on a new constitution was held on February 27 and resulted in a massive approval. It abolished the dominant role of the ruling Baath party and the allowed the establishment of a multiparty system in Syrian politics.
However, it's unclear how an election can take place as a deadly spiral of violence continues to shake all over Syria.