Syria: sporadic fighting in the heart of Damascus before the examination of a text to the UN

Syria: sporadic fighting in the heart of Damascus before the examination of a text to the UN

Damascus : Syria | Mar 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM PDT
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The Security Council of the United Nations should consider Tuesday a draft declaration calling for "additional measures" if Syria does not accept mediation proposals of Kofi Annan, the continuing clashes between soldiers and deserters across the country.

Russia, unwavering ally of the Syrian regime, said she was ready to support a statement supporting the mission of the envoy of the UN and Arab League Kofi Annan, provided that it is not an "ultimatum" .

On the ground, the troops continued their operations, killing at least 29 civilians, while sporadic fighting opposite the dawn of the soldiers of the regular army deserters to free Syrian Army (SLA) to heart of Damascus, according to activists.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described as "intolerable and unacceptable" the situation in Syria, adding that she had become "one of the most disturbing and most concern to the international community".

France proposed to the Security Council a statement - a statement adopted by consensus, which has less weight than a resolution - Moscow and Beijing have already vetoed any resolution condemning the repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

This is to "obtain a cessation of violence as soon as possible, a cease-fire, then allow access to humanitarian assistance (...) and continue the political process because they can not confiscate the 'democratic aspirations of the Syrian people, "said the French foreign minister, Alain Juppe.

If he adopts the statement, the Council is committed to "consider additional measures", unspecified, if the proposals of Mr. Annan's mediation is not established within seven days.

The text calls on President Assad and opposition to "immediately and fully implement" the settlement plan in six points proposed by Mr. Annan in Damascus, which includes the total cessation of violence.

Analysts have seen a slight sign of relaxation, Russia had called Damascus to "immediately accept" a ceasefire to facilitate the daily humanitarian assistance to civilians.

Following a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Jakob Kellenberger, Moscow has also "stressed the need to ensure access to ICRC all persons detained in Syria following the protest actions. "

Paris and the U.S. State Department noted positive developments in the Russian position.

By mid afternoon, the situation was normal in the center of the capital, after shots were heard at dawn on Arnous Square in Damascus, and in the neighborhoods of Barzé Qaboun and the outskirts.

Traffic on adjacent streets instead of the Abbasids, (the streets of Baghdad, and Qoussour Tijara) was dense because of the lanes leading to government buildings were closed to traffic by barriers and sandbags, found AFP.

In the province of Homs (center), 21 civilians including three children, were killed by bullets and rockets. A civilian was killed in Hama, further north, also by machine gun fire and a dozen people were injured in several areas of the city, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH).

North in the province of Aleppo, a man was killed by a sniper, and four civilians were killed in the region of Idleb (northwest).

In the port city of Latakia, a man died in prison. In the province of Deir Ezzor (is) a man died hit by a shot by government forces who were conducting searches.

One soldier was killed by rebels at dawn in the region of Deraa (south), and a deserter died in Idleb.

Monday, 51 people were killed, including 22 civilians, 21 members of law enforcement and eight rebels, according to OSDH.

The advocacy organization Human Rights Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned for the first time serious violations of human rights committed by the Syrian opposition army.

"The strategy of brutal Syrian government can not justify abuses by armed opposition groups," said Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the NGO for the Middle East, denouncing the abuses committed for religious reasons.

Since March 15, 2011, repression by the Assad regime of popular protest has, according to OSDH, more than 9,000 dead.

Since Monday, the five experts appointed by Kofi Annan in Syria are negotiating the establishment of an observation mission in order to stop these "killings".

for its part, the U.S. Treasury announced that the head of its sanctions programs, David Cohen, was in the Middle East to "discuss international sanctions against Iran and Syria".

Finally, Damascus has condemned the coordinated attacks in several Iraqi cities that killed at least 44 died Tuesday, seeing the same "murderous hand" as that behind the recent car bomb attacks that had left dozens dead and injured Saturday and Sunday in Damascus to Aleppo.

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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