It won’t be wrong to say that the much-touted cease-fire agreement has failed in Syria as the security forces loyal to the regime have been killing, torturing and abducting innocent civilians with complete impunity. On Thursday, heavy contingents of the security forces stormed into the Aleppo University to staunch a protest by students against President Bashar al-Assad. The security forces fired shells of tear gas to disperse the students, but failed. Ultimately, the troops resorted to aerial firing while a few of them opened indiscriminate fire on the students as well.
Five students were killed and the university was shut down for indefinite period. Such cases have become a matter of routine in the volatile country. It is horrible to learn that the dissident students were even followed to their rooms and beaten by the security forces. Around 1500 students of the university held a protest against the regime. They were attacked by pro-Assad students before the security forces reached the spot. Around 200 students were also arrested for creating "ruckus" in the university campus while the security forces continued firing at the campus for around five hours.
The United Nations says that more than 9,000 innocent civilians have been killed so far in the violence-wracked country. For the past couple of months, the security forces have laid siege of Idlib, Homs and Hama and residents of these areas are faced with acute shortage of water and food besides continuous failure of electricity and gas. The United Nations observers are visiting the volatile country, but they have also failed to force the regime to end the violence.
The university incident has been termed as a unique in the sense the security forces earlier never entered any educational institution to threat students. According to the reports coming from the violence-wracked country, the government has constituted no inquiry commission to ascertain facts behind killings of the five unarmed students. There has also been no official word on arrest of the students. What would be fate of the arrested students, nobody knows.
In the last week of March, a truce was finalized between the dictator and UN-Arab League special emissary to the countryto stop violence but it too has done little to end the bloodshed. Under the six-point peace plan, the autocrat had to withdraw troops from all population centers to restore a semblance of normalcy in the country. He was also supposed to initiate a dialogue with the opposition to settle the dispute through dialogue and negotiations. However, the dictator says that the rebels are attacking the security forces and therefore the regime has left with no other option but to carry on the operation against them. The international community appears to have other, more important matters to solve first.