In his address to the country and the newly elected People's Assembly on Sunday, Bashar al-Assad termed recent Houla crisis- a result of conspiracy against Syria. He laso made strikingly contrasting remarks against opposition and world leaders' claim for involvement of government behind Houla massacre, saying :"At this time, we are facing a war from abroad. Dealing with it is different from dealing with people from inside."
According to CNN report. during his speech, heavy shelling rained on the anti-government bastion of Homs, as a result, four people were reported killed in Homs, Aleppo and Hama. Opposition activisits also reported that a large military convoy of about 45 trucks carrying tanks, armored personnel and soldiers has been observed marching towards Deir Ezzor during al-Assad's speech.
In his 70 minutes speech, he insisted,"the battle is forced upon us." and announced amnesty for those who stop fighting, he added "I encourage all of those who are hesitant to drop their weapons at once, and the government will not seek revenge now or later, We forgave others who stood against us in the past."
In response to al-Assad's address, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal said the current stand of Syrian regime is supporting secretarian voilence. He added, "The Syrian opposition lacks the means to defend itself, and the regime is getting weapons from everywhere. For a while now, we noticed that the regime has been trying to turn the crisis into a sectarian conflict."
It is pertinent to mention that Syrian violence started 15 months ago. According to United Nations' statistics more than 9,000 people have been killed uptill now but according to opposition activists' claim, the death toll is more than 12,000 to more than 14,000.
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