Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Syria: Angry crowds attack UN observers on way to embattled town

By: Bassem Mroue Angry crowds prevented UN observers from reaching an embattled rebel-held town in Syria yesterday, hurling stones and metal rods at the monitors’ vehicles and opening fire as the convoy drove away from Haffeh. The western town of … Continue reading

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Syria general ‘faces Olympic ban’

The head of Syria’s national Olympic committee may be banned from attending the London games because of his links to President Bashar Assad. General Mowaffak Joumaa is expected to be refused entry to the UK because of his connection to … Continue reading

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Video: Heavy fighting kills 34 in Syria, UN monitors blocked

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UN puts Syria on list for killing children

A UN report released Monday includes Syrian government forces and their allied “shabiha” militias for the first time on a list of 52 governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts. In Syria, it … Continue reading

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Video: UN tours Syria city turned war zone

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Fears grow of new massacre as UN warns of civil war in Syria

By: Loveday Morris A leading UN official said yesterday that the conflict in Syria now constitutes a full-blown civil war as the regime desperately tried to wrest back control of rebel-held areas, including a coastal town in the north-west where … Continue reading

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Mortar hits protest in Syria, at least 10 killed

Syrian government forces barraged an eastern city with mortar shells as anti-government protesters were dispersing before dawn Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, while clashes broke out elsewhere in the country, activists said. The violence comes as President Bashar al-Assad’s … Continue reading

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Syria in full-scale civil war: UN

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said yesterday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the target of a new massacre. The … Continue reading

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Clinton accuses Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria, escalating war

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Russia Tuesday that it risks sending the Syrian conflict into a higher level of violence and volatility by continuing to arm the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad with heavy weapons. Specifically, the chief US diplomat said she had information … Continue reading

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Syria conflict now a civil war, U.N. peacekeeping chief says

By: Louis Charbonneau The 15-month-old conflict in Syria has grown into a full-scale civil war in which the government is attempting to recapture large swathes of urban territory it has lost to the opposition, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said on … Continue reading

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