Report by JENIFERLAMUG
With Thursday’s shelling and heavy cracks of gunfire on the outskirts of Syria’s capital, it seems that the hope to a cease fire implemented by international envoyis fading.
The Syrian government troop had again launched blistering assaults, deployed snipers on rooftops and shelled residential areas in Douma yesterday, considered as one among the worst around the capital since the uprising began, the Associated press reported.
Syrian leader Bashar Assad had accepted the cease fire agreement on March 27 and given a deadline up to April 10 but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the crisis was getting worse in which cities, towns and villages have been turned into war zones.
"Can we be optimistic? I am not. Because I think Bashar Assad is deceiving us," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told reporters, accusing Assad of trying to fool the world.
Yesterday’s bloodshed which lasted for about eight hours had left more homes being damaged and shops were set on fire.
Omar Hamza, an activist in Syria told AP in a telephone interview that soldiers had already occupied Douma's Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the area and no one could dare to walk in the streets because of the snipers who are like stray dogs attacking sheep.
Another activist told the press via skype that troops were using detainees as a shield when they marched into one of the suburb’s main square, so that the Free Syrian rebel would not open fire against them.
Since the uprising began against Assad’s regime, U.N. had reported a death toll of 9,000 including military, civilians, children and women but the Syrian Foreign Ministry had disputed it.
The regime also denied the ongoing the bloodshed saying it is the result of a foreign conspiracy being carried out by terrorists and gangs.
Defense Minister Dawoud Rajha said Syria was ready to cooperate with Annan's plan "as long as long as it also puts an end to the criminal acts being committed by the armed terrorist groups, according to report.
Annan who spoke from Geneva in a videoconference during the General Assembly said “the violence is still ongoing.”
Some analysts also say that Assad is trying to manipulate the plan for him to have more time and that his regime cannot lay down its arms when the "terrorists" attack.