Amnesty: Syrian army systematically killing civilians

Amnesty: Syrian army systematically killing civilians

Damascus : Syria | Jun 14, 2012 at 3:06 AM PDT
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Amnesty: Syrian army systematically killing civilians

The situation in Syria continues on a downward spira as violence and killings continue .The forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have committed massacres against civilians that are similar to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International claimed Thursday in a report based on evidence gathered in Syria itself. Amnesty requests the U.N. Security Council to declare an arms embargo on Syria.

Investigators from this human right organization visited in April and May, without governmental authorization, in 23 towns and villages located in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib. They interviewed over 200 people, many of whom have lost their loved ones or had their homes destroyed by the regime. Their findings are contained in a 70-page report.

Donatella Rovera, an Adviser for Amnesty, said members of the organization have found examples of frequent violence against civilians during this visit. "Everywhere I went, in every town, every village, local described scenes very similar: the soldiers arriving in large numbers, for very short and very violent incursions during which they carry out executions young men and set fire to their houses. Those they arrest are then tortured in detention," she told Reuters TV. "And it was repeated really in every town and village where I went (...) Most of the overwhelming majority of the atrocities are committed by government security forces and paramilitaries," she added.

It is worth mentioning that the the United Nations issued a report Monday documenting widespread war crimes by Assad’s Shabiha militia . Video and eyewitness reports documented the wholesale use of children as human shields and dozens of murders of small boys and girls. Rape has become common as soldiers blast their way into civilian neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, international envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan said that his six-point peace plan aimed at stopping the violence in Syria is "not being implemented." The presence of U.N. observers also had little impact on the situation, Reuters news reported.

"The longer this violence continues, the more dangerous it becomes not only for the country and the Syrian people but the region," Annan's spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, told reporters in Geneva. "It's dangerous and the red light is flashing", Al-arabiya news reported.

On the ground, on Thursday morning, two people were injured as a powerful blast shook Damascus.

According to security source, a parked car stuffed with explosives was blown up outside the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, a holy Shiite shrine containing the tomb of Lady Zaynab sister of Imam Hussein, in south of Damascus.

Also Thursday morning, in the city of Deraa, two civilians were killed during shelling by government forces in the neighborhood of Tariq El-Sad, besieged by the army. In the province of Deraa, fighting between the troops of and rebel fighters continues in several towns.

In related news, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it does not approve of excessive reliance on pressure or sanctions to address the crisis in Syria and called for all sides in Syria to end violence and observe the peace plan put forward by Annan.


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Activist with a placard participates in a sit-in protest outside the United Nations office. Reuters
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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