Cease-fire fails on the first day of Eid; eight people killed by regime snipers
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Cease-fire fails on the first day of Eid; eight people killed by regime snipers

Damascus : Syria | Oct 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM PDT
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Clashes threaten Eid truce

As expected, the Bashar al-Assad regime did not keep calm even for one hour.

On Friday morning, eight people were killed by snipers in the Damascus suburb of Harasta. This is considered as the first violation of a cease-fire, and it came from regime forces.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, fighting also resumed between regime forces and the Free Syrian Army fighters, around the base of Wadi al Deif, located on the Damascus-Aleppo highway. Adding the regime forces also fired six rockets at Khalidiya area in Homs, injuring at least two people.

In the town of Haram, one Free Syrian fighters was reported killed by a sniper early Friday as heavy machine gunfire and the sound of mortar bombs has been heard along the Turkey-Syrian border.

Also Friday, the Syrian president appeared on public television while attending prayers of Eid al-Adha at an unidentified mosque in Damascus, surrounded by officials and members of the security and intelligence.

The TV did not mention the name of the mosque, but Syrian sources said that the mosque was not in Damascus as the Syrian television claimed.

Thursday the regime army said it would halt all military operations, in response to a proposal for a temporary cease-fire by international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

"On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the command of the Syrian armed forces announces the cessation of military operations in the territory of the Republic from Oct. 26 to 29," the military said in a statement.

"The army reserves the right to retaliate if armed terrorist groups continue to fire on civilians and government forces, attacking public and private properties or use car bombs and other types of bombs," the statement added.

Meanwhile, elsewhere across Syria, thousands of protesters took advantage of the lull to mount some of the largest anti-regime demonstrations in months. Activists said that three people were wounded by gunfire from government forces against protesters in a mosque located in Inkhil, a town in the province of Deraa.

In addition, more than 25 people were injured, some of them with serious wounds, when regime forces opened fire on demonstrators in the city of Aleppo and Homs demanding to topple the Assad regime.

Opinion:

Actually, I feel that Brahimi is very frustrated as he probably realized that the Syrian regime cannot maintain any commitment or pledge. In fact this was expected.

I think that Brahimi will soon submit his resignation as he had a dream that his cease-fire plan would be the first to be respected in Syria, since mid-March 2011.

I think that it’s time for the whole world to know that the bloody regime of Assad must disappear from existence, but unfortunately the United Nations is still powerless in front of Russian and Chinese veto.

I think that by the end of the day, the death toll would be like any normal day. The number may even increase as the bloody regime of Assad likes to celebrate Eid al Adha with blood of human beings instead of blood of sheep. He knows that the maximum reaction of the international community is condemnation.

During the Eid prayers, Syrian television met the masses that appear loyal and loving of Assad, on the eid occasion. However, this time the Syrian television was content with filming Assad on Eid prayers only without filming him among Syrian people as usual. Syrians say that Bashar was apparently smiling and relaxed, as the international pressure on the regime is diminishing, despite the increase of the death toll every day. Apparently the death toll news has become a daily routine for the whole world.

Sources:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4297304,00.html

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/26/245991.html

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Assad made a rare television appearance on Friday, attending morning Eid al-Adha prayers in Damascus.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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