Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Each Side Accuses the Other of Breaking Syrian Cease-Fire

Antigovernment activists in the Syrian conflict accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Tuesday of the most widespread violations of an already fractured five-day-old cease-fire, including the tank shelling of neighborhoods in at least two cities and the use of helicopters … Continue reading

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Ambassador Wives Appeal To Syria’s First Lady

The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations have written an open letter to the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, asking her to call for peace in her country. In the unusual move, Sheila … Continue reading

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Sanctions on Syria having desired effect, says Juppé

International sanctions aimed at the Syrian government have cut its financial reserves in half and pressure must be maintained on Damascus to stop its bloody crackdown on opponents despite a shaky five-day ceasefire, French foreign minister Alain Juppé said yesterday. … Continue reading

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Violence in Syria kills 77, threatens UN mission

At least 77 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday, activists said, with continued violence threatening the future of the United Nations observer mission overseeing a fragile peace plan, dpa reported. “This is the highest death toll since the April … Continue reading

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Syrian Families in Homs Forced to Store Dead in Meat Locker

This footage, purportedly filmed in the Homs neighborhood of Khalidiyyeh on 16 April 2012, depicts several dozen bodies allegedly killed by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. The families are unable to bury them, according to Syrian activists, and so have … Continue reading

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Syria’s al-Assad gaining strength under U.N. moves, experts say

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is strengthening his grip on the country during the relative decrease in violence brought on by U.N. demands, several experts on the region said Tuesday. Although the goal of countries in supporting the cease-fire was to … Continue reading

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65 Killed From One Family in Taftanaz, Syria – Al Arabiya Report (16 April 2012)

This footage, broadcast by Al Arabiya on April 16, 2012, recounts the fate of the Ghazzal family. 65 members of this family were allegedly massacred by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in the village of Taftanaz on April 5, 2012. … Continue reading

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Activists: Syrian troops target second town in widened shelling despite U.N. observer mission

BEIRUT – The Syrian regime widened artillery attacks on opposition strongholds Tuesday in another sign that the U.N.-brokered cease-fire is quickly unraveling despite the presence of foreign observers, activists said. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said he is asking the European … Continue reading

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France Says Syria Regime Finances Halved

PARIS—International sanctions targeting Syria’s repressive regime have depleted its financial reserves by half—and Damascus is actively trying to evade them, the French foreign minister said Tuesday. Alain Juppé called for a solid international response to such Syrian “maneuvers” as he … Continue reading

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France to hold ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting to pressure Assad

PARIS, France – A French diplomatic source says the country’s foreign minister is inviting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other foreign diplomats to a meeting in Paris aimed at keeping up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s … Continue reading

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