Daily Archives: May 13, 2012

Syrian forces kill 7 civilians in rural attack: activists

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis Syrian troops backed by tanks shot dead seven civilians when they overran a rebellious Sunni Muslim village west of the city of Hama on Sunday, activists’ organizations said, in a crackdown on the rural epicenter of … Continue reading

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Lebanon Clashes: Syria Divide And Sectarian Violence Rock Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Sectarian violence linked to the unrest in neighboring Syria shook the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Sunday, with street clashes killing one soldier and two civilians, the state news agency said. The fighting highlights how easily … Continue reading

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At least 25 killed in Syria violence as U.N.-backed truce looks in tatters

Syrian regime forces shot dead 25 people after storming several opposition strongholds throughout the country, according to local monitors said, as a U.N.-backed truce entered a second month looking in tatters. Army forces rained shells on rebel strongholds Douma and … Continue reading

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Video: UN wives appeal to Asma al-Assad

A new online video has called on Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to stand up for peace and stop her husband’s brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. The video was conceived and produced by Huberta von Voss-Wittig, … Continue reading

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Deaths in Idlib as UN expands mission

Violence in Syria has killed eight people, activists say, even as a UN mission charged with overseeing a battered truce neared half its planned strength. In the northwestern province of Idlib, security forces killed a man and a woman during … Continue reading

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‘They burned my heart’: Observer shares Syrians’ stories

By: Ashley Fantz During his trip to northwest Syria in late April, Ole Solvang talked to dozens of people who told him gut-wrenching stories. When the Human Rights Watch interviewer and his colleagues returned home, they titled their report “They … Continue reading

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A month after ‘cease-fire,’ where does Syria stand?

By: Tim Lister It’s been a month since the “cease-fire” was due to come into effect in Syria as the first step in a U.N.-backed peace plan, with a team of U.N. monitors on the ground to observe the progress. … Continue reading

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Turkish reporters home after Syrian detention

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Two Turkish journalists who were detained in Syria for two months say they felt most at risk in the early stage of their captivity, when pro-government militiamen put guns to their heads and threatened them. Journalists Adem … Continue reading

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Rivalry on Syria crisis spurs kidnappings

By: Rakan al-Fakih NORTHERN BEKAA, Lebanon – Tensions were high on Lebanon’s northeastern border with Syria as armed clashes broke out between Lebanese who support the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition inside the neighboring country over the weekend, following … Continue reading

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Relations worsening between religious groups in Syria, activists say

BEIRUT – Syrian forces killed at least five people when they raided a Sunni farming village on Sunday, torching homes and looting shops in what activists said is a sign of worsening relations among the country’s religious groups. Tensions stemming … Continue reading

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