Death toll in Syria approaching 12,000 people.

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    Mar 23, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    Summary: According to Syrian rights group, 1,800 killed since start of uprising, 3,000 more have "disappeared" in addition to 26,000 arrested; Iran & Hezbollah reportedly aiding Syrian crackdown on protesters


    Syria security forces kill 6 in attack on Daraa mosque, witnesses say
    Among victims is a doctor from a prominent Daraa family who arrived at the protest hub to help victims of the attack.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-security-forces-kill-6-in-attack-on-daraa-mosque-witnesses-say-1.351283

    Syrian forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in the southern city of Daraa, site of unprecedented protests challenging President Bashar Assad's Baathist rule, residents said.

    Those killed included Ali Ghassab al-Mahamid, a doctor from a prominent Daraa family who went to the Omari mosque in the city's old quarter to help victims of the attack, which occurred just after midnight, said the residents, declining to be named.

    Before the attack, electricity was cut off in the area and telephone services were severed. Cries of "Allahu Akbar [God is the greatest]" erupted across neighborhoods in Daraa when the shooting began.

    It was not immediately clear whether the protesters had any weapons.

    The attack brought to 10 the number of civilians killed by Syrian forces during six days of demonstrations calling for political freedoms and an end to corruption in the country of 20 million. The ruling Baath Party has banned opposition and enforced emergency laws since 1963.

    No comment was immediately available from the government of Assad, facing the biggest challenge to his rule since succeeding his father Hafez Assad in 2000. A wave of Arab unrest has toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

    "Dr Mahamid was shot by a sniper. The phone networks have been disrupted but we got through to people near the mosque on Jordanian mobile phone lines," said one resident. Daraa is on the border with Jordan.

    A political activist, who also declined to be identified, said: "The old quarter is in total darkness and it is still difficult to know exactly what happened."

    The attack occurred a day after the UN Office for Human Rights said the authorities "need to put an immediate halt to the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, especially the use of live ammunition."

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    Syria has been under emergency law since the Baath Party took power in a 1963, banning any opposition and ushering in decades of economic retreat characterized by nationalization.

    Assad has lifted some bans on private enterprise but has ignored demands to end emergency law, curb a pervasive security apparatus, develop rule of law, free political prisoners, allow freedom of expression, and reveal the fate of tens of thousands of dissenters who disappeared in the 1980s.

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    Mar 23, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    Whoa to those, however, who stand up to the Syrian regime:

    'Hama Rules'
    by Thomas Friedman

    2/17/2005
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/17/opinion/17friedman.html

    About two weeks ago, a friend of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri stopped by my office to update me on Lebanon and pass on a message from Mr. Hariri, whom I have known since reporting from Beirut in the late 1970's. The message was that the Lebanese opposition to the Syrian occupation was getting united - inspired both by the example of Iraq and by the growing excesses of the Syrian occupation. Mr. Hariri, his friend said, was planning to use the coming Lebanese parliamentary elections, and a hoped-for victory by the opposition front, to send a real message to the Syrians: It's time for you to go.

    There is no excuse anymore for Syria's occupation of Lebanon, other than naked imperialism and a desire to siphon off Lebanese resources. If the U.S. government and media really care about democracy in the Arab world, Mr. Hariri's envoy said, then the U.S. has to get behind those trying to rescue the oldest real Arab democracy, Lebanon, from the Syrian grip.

    Well, Rafik, this one's for you. I am sorry you won't be able to read it.

    It will be difficult to prove who killed Mr. Hariri. But the gang ruling Syria had all the ability, experience and motive to murder the Lebanese statesman for the way he had teamed up with Paris and Washington to pass the recent U.N. resolution, 1559, calling for Syria's immediate withdrawal from Lebanon. Mr. Hariri pressed for that U.N. resolution, and resigned his office, after Syria perverted Lebanese democracy by forcing Lebanon's Parliament to accept a three-year extension for a Syrian puppet, Émile Lahoud, as Lebanon's president.

    When Syria's Baath regime feels its back up against the wall, it always resorts to "Hama Rules." Hama Rules is a term I coined after the Syrian Army leveled - and I mean leveled - a portion of its own city, Hama, to put down a rebellion by Sunni Muslim fundamentalists there in 1982. Some 10,000 to 20,000 Syrians were buried in the ruble. Monday's murder of Mr. Hariri, a self-made billionaire who devoted his money and energy to rebuilding Lebanon after its civil war, had all the hallmarks of Hama Rules - beginning with 650 pounds of dynamite to incinerate an armor-plated motorcade.

    Message from the Syrian regime to Washington, Paris and Lebanon's opposition: "You want to play here, you'd better be ready to play by Hama Rules - and Hama Rules are no rules at all. You want to squeeze us with Iraq on one side and the Lebanese opposition on the other, you'd better be able to put more than U.N. resolutions on the table. You'd better be ready to go all the way - because we will. But you Americans are exhausted by Iraq, and you Lebanese don't have the guts to stand up to us, and you French make a mean croissant but you've got no Hama Rules in your arsenal. So remember, we blow up prime ministers here. We shoot journalists. We fire on the Red Cross. We leveled one of our own cities. You want to play by Hama Rules, let's see what you've got. Otherwise, hasta la vista, baby."

    It is a measure, though, of just how disgusted the Lebanese are with the Syrian occupation and Hama Rules that everyone - from senior Lebanese politicians, like the courageous Walid Jumblatt, to street protesters - is openly accusing Syria of Mr. Hariri's murder.

    What else can the Lebanese do? They must unite all their communities and hit the Syrian regime with "Baghdad Rules," which were demonstrated 10 days ago by the Iraqi people. Baghdad Rules are when an Arab public does something totally unprecedented: it takes to the streets, despite the threat of violence from jihadists and Baathists, and expresses its democratic will.

    Rafik Hariri stopped playing by "Lebanese Rules" - eating any crow the Syrians crammed down Lebanon's throat - and openly challenged Syrian imperialism. If the Lebanese want to be free, they have got to take the lead. They have to summon the same civic courage that Mr. Hariri did and that the Iraqi public did - the courage to look the fascists around them in the eye, call them in the press and in public by their real names, and confront the European Union and the Arab League for their willingness to ignore the Syrian oppression.

    Nothing drives a dictatorship like Syria's more crazy than civil disobedience and truth-telling: when people stop being intimidated, stand up for their own freedom and go on strike against their occupiers. The Lebanese can't play by Hama Rules and must stop playing by the old Lebanese Rules. They must start playing by Baghdad Rules.

    Baghdad Rules mean the Lebanese giving the Syrian regime - every day, everywhere - the purple finger.
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    Mar 24, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    15 killed in 24-hour police assualt on Syrian anti-government protesters
    The Daraa protests, inspired by the wave of pro-democracy protests around the region have been met with violent police crackdowns; the total death toll stands at 22.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/15-killed-in-24-hour-police-assualt-on-syrian-anti-government-protesters-1.351429
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    Mar 25, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    More than 100 said killed in Syria crackdown on anti-government protests
    Some 20,000 people march at funeral in Daraa chanting freedom slogans, Syrian police launched a relentless assault on a neighborhood sheltering protesters.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/more-than-100-said-killed-in-syria-crackdown-on-anti-government-protests-1.351562
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    Mar 25, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    Wow I always thought Syria was such a peace loving country...

    where is the International outrage?
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    Mar 26, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    Syria has been ruled under a state of emergency for nearly 50 years.


    Mourners burn Baath headquarters and police station in Syria village
    Syrian authorities attempted to placate the masses by reportedly releasing 260 political prisoners Friday, however a midnight raid in which activists claimed 200 were arrested revealed that the government is yet to desist crackdowns.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/mourners-burn-baath-headquarters-and-police-station-in-syria-village-1.351927
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Syria forces open fire on protesters in Daraa, witness says
    Witness says hundreds of demonstrators chanted against emergency laws in the southern city; Syria's VP says Assad will announce important decisions that will 'please the people' in the next two days.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-forces-open-fire-on-protesters-in-daraa-witness-says-1.352335

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    Mar 29, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Syria government resigns in effort to appease protesters

    Announcement on Syrian state TV says President Assad has accepted government's resignation; Assad expected to address nation later on in speech which may include decision to abolish emergency laws following weeks of anti-government protests.

    ...The resignations will not affect Assad, who holds the lion's share of power in the authoritarian regime.

    ...Protests that began March 18 and ensuing violence has brought sectarian tensions in Syria out in the open for the first time in decades, a taboo topic here because the country has a Sunni majority ruled by minority Alawites, a branch of Shiite Islam. Assad has placed his fellow Alawites into most positions of power in Syria.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-government-resigns-in-effort-to-appease-protesters-1.352616
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    Apr 03, 2011 7:57 AM GMT
    Syria protests must not compromise stand against Israel, says Hamas
    Hamas releases statement expressing support for Syria's ruling hierarchy in group's first public reaction to Syrians' anti-government protests.


    The Palestinian group Hamas sent its support on Saturday to Syria's ruling hierarchy and said unprecedented protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule must not compromise Syria's "rejectionist" stand against Israel.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/syria-protests-must-not-compromise-stand-against-israel-says-hamas-1.353760

    Elsewhere pouncer has taken Abbas to task for supporting Mubarak and Egyptian stability.
    Will he now denounce Hamas' support for the far worse Syrian government?

    Or will his silence again demonstrate that he hates Israel more than he loves or cares for Arab people, this time in Syria?

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    Apr 11, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    Syria forces kill four protesters in Banias
    Witnesses say the army sealed off the port city and opened fire as hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gathered at nearby mosque.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-forces-kill-four-protesters-in-banias-witnesses-say-1.355203
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    Apr 12, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
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    realifedad said LEERON !!! All your efforts to take attention from your favorite ZIONIST FANATICS who authorise stealing land, displacing Palestinians then building settlements, doesn't count for a pile of shit !!






    you cannot cover those evil and inhumane acts by pointing out other surrounding country's troubles

    Dennis, get a fucking grip on yourself. This thread had nothing to do with Israel or Palestine. This isn't always about you.


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    Nope, its not about me, its about LEERONS FANATICISM TO POINT OUT ALL THE TROUBLES AND PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE ARABS IN COUNTRY"S AROUND ISRAEL TO COVER THE SHIT THE ZIONIST FANATIC LEADERS OF ISRAEL DOES. THAT'S THE PROBLEM !!! HE DOES THIS TO PROMOTE THE WONDERS OF ISRAELS "DEMOCRACY",

    OH BOY !!! THEY LET GAYS LIVE IN PEACE, ITS A HELL OF A WONDERFUL DEMOCRACY THAT DOES THIS ON ONE HAND AND WHILE HE's PROMOTING THIS, THE ZIONISTS ARE STEALING LAND FROM THE PALESTINIANS, DESTROYING THEIR HOMES AND DISPLACING THE PEOPLE. THESE FANATICS KILL PEOPLE, BUT THE RJ FANATIC LEERON KEEPS THIS COVER UP SHIT OUT THERE AND WON'T ADMIT THE ATROCITIES AT THE HANDS OF ZIONIST FANATICS, SO I'M POINTING OUT LEERON THE ZIONIST FANATICAL PROPAGANDIST's HYPOCRACY.

    IF ITS GOOD FOR HIM TO TRY TO PASS THIS PROPAGANDA OUT AS REASONABLE COVER FOR THE WRONGS OF THE FANATIC ISREALI ZIONIST LEADERS LIKE LIEBERMAN AND HIS SETTLEMENTS, THEN ITS JUST A NECESSARY TASK FOR ME TO POINT IT OUT !!!

    DO YOU GET THE SEQUENCE HERE ?? THE NATURAL RESULTS OF LEERONS OBNOXIOUS ZIONIST PROPAGANDA IS THAT HE GETS CALLED ON IT !!! SO IF HE EMBARASSES YOU, GO TO HIM WITH IT, OTHERWISE DON'T BE TROUBLED BY MY OR ANYONE ELSE GIVING THIS IDIOT LIAR FOR HIS CAUSE (as he loves to say) THE HELL HE DESERVES FOR HIS HYPOCRITICAL LIEING PROPAGANDA.
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    The notion that one topic about Syria is meant to divert from the dozens of anti-Israel topics posted by the hate-filled spam propagandists is as absurd, intellectually bankrupt and ludicrous as the poster suggesting it.

    With appreciation, please don't "quote" their rants, just report "spam" (terms of use violation) and I suggest putting them on ignore.
    (It'll amaze you how much more readable and navigable topics become, and we can then focus on intelligent discussion.)
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    Apr 13, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    Syrian human rights watchdog: Death toll in protests reaches 200
    The Damascus Declaration group implores the Arab League to sanction the Syrian government;
    Human Rights Watch reports security forces prevented wounded protesters from reaching hospitals.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/mideast-in-turmoil/syrian-human-rights-watchdog-death-toll-in-protests-reaches-200-1.355500
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    Apr 15, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    U.S. officials: Iran aiding Syria in crackdown on anti-Assad protests
    Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. defense officials indicate Iran is doing what it can to prevent a key ally against Israel from being washed away in the recent wave of Mideast turmoil.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/u-s-officials-iran-aiding-syria-in-crackdown-on-anti-assad-protests-1.356036
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    Apr 16, 2011 10:23 AM GMT
    dglater saidWow I always thought Syria was such a peace loving country...

    where is the International outrage?


    Well, in the U.S. the attention is being refocused on Japan's aftershocks/nuclear retardedness, and the GOP vs Obama boring almost-gridlocks. In other words, NO GOOD REASON.
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    Apr 16, 2011 10:26 AM GMT
    realifedad said LEERON !!! All your efforts to take attention from your favorite ZIONIST FANATICS who authorise stealing land, displacing Palestinians then building settlements, doesn't count for a pile of shit !!


    Why do you troll caesarea4? And if you want to label this as "stealing land" then round up the 300 million Americans and kick them off North America because it's the Native's soil. Israel won it during war. They don't have to give it back. Although something does need to be done: either two-state solution or war.
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    Apr 18, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    Syria city 'boiling' after security forces reportedly kill 12 protesters
    Homs protesters were reportedly shot 'in cold blood'; deaths come a day after three mourners were killed after attending a funeral of a man killed by Syrian security forces.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-city-boiling-after-security-forces-reportedly-kill-12-protesters-1.356647

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    Apr 19, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    Senior Syria officer assassinated over unwillingness to open fire at protesters
    Syrian opposition websites say assassination is part of a new Assad regime policy aiming to get rid of military officials who show sympathy toward anti-government unrest.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/report-senior-syria-officer-assassinated-over-unwillingness-to-open-fire-at-protesters-1.356660

    Note: 2 of his sons were also murdered.
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    Assad ratifies end of 50-year emergency rule in Syria
    Syrian president trying to calm month-long protests against his authoritarian rule by issuing a series of concessions; activists continue to call for protests.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/assad-ratifies-end-of-50-year-emergency-rule-in-syria-1.357397

    HOWEVER, new laws requiring permits to hold demonstrations make it unclear if there is any real gain in freedom.

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    Apr 21, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
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    realifedad said LEERON !!! All your efforts to take attention from your favorite ZIONIST FANATICS who authorise stealing land, displacing Palestinians then building settlements, doesn't count for a pile of shit !!


    Why do you troll caesarea4? And if you want to label this as "stealing land" then round up the 300 million Americans and kick them off North America because it's the Native's soil. Israel won it during war. They don't have to give it back. Although something does need to be done: either two-state solution or war.


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    Your yelling Jakey !!! and try not to "troll" me, I know you hate for C4's tactics to be exposed, but backing him up doesn't suit you well at all because I really think your more reasonable. By the way land is being stolen, from Palestinians, more homes of Palestinians demolished, farmland destroyed at the hands of jewish religious fanatics (the ones you got in an arguement about with C4) and all this has been on the increas in the last 3 years. This was not won during war as you said above, where did you get that propaganda ?
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    Syria city defies crackdown following killing of 21 protesters
    Residents organize into unarmed groups in Homs, after plain-clothed security forces toting Ak-47s deploy in the strategic city overnight, witnesses say.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-city-defies-crackdown-following-killing-of-21-protesters-1.357242
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:47 AM GMT
    At least 88 protesters killed in deadliest day of Syria unrest
    Syrian security forces fire live bullets and tear gas at the tens of thousands of people across the country chanting 'the people want the downfall of the regime.'


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/at-least-88-protesters-killed-in-deadliest-day-of-syria-unrest-1.357652
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    Apr 24, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    12 killed by security forces at funerals across Syria
    Funerals held across the country, following Syria's bloodiest day after weeks of demonstrations in which at least 88 pro-democracy protesters were killed; two Syrian lawmakers, cleric resign to protest the killings.


    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/12-killed-by-security-forces-at-funerals-across-syria-1.357729

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    Apr 24, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Israel launched and Air Attack in central Gaza in the first 5 days of April and killed 11, mostly civilians, targeted an Ambulance and hit a police station, 60 were injured, and many jews approved when questioned about this bombing from their democratic government.

    Look that up Leeron and tell us why this wasn't in the news ?
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    Apr 24, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    More Syrians Missing, Hinting at Wider Crackdown
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/world/middleeast/25syria.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

    ...The disappearances are yet another indication that the government’s decision to lift draconian emergency rule, in place since 1963, may prove more rhetoric than reform. Though the government has touted the law’s repeal on Thursday as a sweeping step, the past few days have proven some of the bloodiest and most repressive since the uprising began.

    On Friday alone, at least 109 people were killed, as security forces fired on protesters in 14 towns and cities. At least 12 more were killed Saturday, when mourners sought to bury the dead from the day before. Another person was reported killed Sunday in Jabla, where security forces fired on residents after the visit of the governor.

    ...Wissam Tarif, executive director of Insan, a Syrian human rights group, said his organization had compiled the names of 217 people who had disappeared since early Friday. At least 70 of them were from a region near the capital and 68 others were from Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and the site of especially vigorous protests the past week. Taken together, he said the group had documented names of missing from 17 cities and villages.

    “It just doesn’t stop,” he said. “Names keep pouring in.”

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