Violence worsens in Syria as peace deadline approaches

Violence worsens in Syria as peace deadline approaches

Damascus : Syria | Apr 05, 2012 at 4:41 PM PDT
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Peace still remains elusive to Syrians, as the security forces loyal to the regime are busy in crushing rebels and trying to staunch the uprising against the rule of Bashar al-Assad. Clashes between the security forces and rebels were reported on Thursday as well. The clashes took place just miles away from the federal capital – Damascus. It appears that the dictator still has not accepted the peace plan of Kofi Annan from his heart and wants to settle the things by force only.

Earlier, in a dialogue with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, President Bashar al-Assad committed to withdrawing troops from cities to restore peace and normalcy in the country. For the purpose of bringing peace, April 10 was set as the deadline for pulling out the troops and tanks from streets of the cities, but the incidents of violence still continue relentlessly and with complete impunity. Human rights activists working in the violence-wracked country say the security forces are busy in intimidating and killing innocent civilians who raise voice for bringing political reforms in the country.

Sensing gravity of the situation, the United Nations Security Council Thursday issued a statement requesting the dictator to stop violence against civilians and adhere to his promised peace plan for the sake of his people and country. The dictator has already defied many peace plans proposed by Arab League and some western countries. Analysts are skeptical about the despot adhering to Kofi Annan’s peace plan. UN peace observers have also reached Syria to monitor ceasefire, while Annan has announced to visit Iran on April 11 in order to convince the country for ending support to Syrian president.

Iran has been a close ally of Syria and supporting the dictator in the face of pressure from the international community for some obvious reasons. Russia and China have also been supporting the regime in Syria and both the countries even vetoed a UN Security Council resolution moved against the dictator to end his atrocities against innocent civilians. The action of these two countries emboldened the despot to carry on with his own ways. Assad has termed the opposition as traitors that are funded by foreign forces to end his rule.

Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets around 13 months ago against the rule of Bashar al-Assad and demanded civil liberties and political reforms in the country. The protestors were encouraged by the uprising in Egypt and Tunisia, where the people succeeded to end the monarchic rule after launching a peaceful struggle against the dictators. The United Nations believe that around 9,000 people have been killed so far in the country including some 500 children. The Syrian president has proved to be one of the strongest dictators on Earth; he has been resisting the international community for the last 13 months.

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U.N.-Arab League envoy Annan enters a car on his way to meet Syria's President al-Assad in Damascus
U.N.-Arab League envoy Annan enters a car on his way to meet Syria's President al-Assad in Damascus
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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