´Assad using Hezbollah to suppress civil unrest´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roee Nahmias, agencies Published: 03.24.11, 13:33)
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Opposition figures say members of Lebanese Shiite group working
alongside Syrian security forces to quell Deraa riots; local hospital
says bodies of 25 protestors brought in, ´all with gunshot wounds´
At least 25 bodies of protestors who were killed in clashes with
Syrian security forces were evacuated to the main hospital in the
southern city of Deraa, a medical official reported Thursday.
"They all had gunshot wounds," the official said.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition leaders have accused President Bashar
Assad of using Hezbollah to suppress the anti-government protests.
Abd el-Razek told BBC Arabic that Hezbollah operatives were working
alongside Syrian security forces to quell the riots in Deraa. Other
opposition leaders have made similar claims.
An independent Syrian human rights organization condemned the wave of
arrests of anti-government activists in the country. The group
reported that blogger and communications student Ahmad Hadifa was
detained in Damascus Thursday by secret police. Last month Hadifa was
held in police custody for six days.
According to the organization, Hadifa was arrested due to
his "activity on Facebook in support of the protest in Deraa."
Amnesty International published the names of 93 activists it claims
were arrested this month in cities throughout Syria. It said the
actual number of those arrested was much higher.
A video posted on YouTube showed an activist pleading with Arab and
foreign news networks to "Save us, there is a massacre in Deraa. This
corrupt government is butchering us. There are tanks and other
armored vehicles here. Save us. Deraa calls out to you; Deraa is
dead; I beg of you."
The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that late
Wednesday an "armed gang attacked an ambulance crew that drove by the
al-Omari mosque in Deraa, resulting in the deaths of a physician,
medic and ambulance driver."
SANA said security forces would "continue to hunt down armed gangs
that terrorize civilians and murder, steal and torch public buildings
and homes in Deraa." (Copyright 2011 © Yedioth Internet 03/24/11)
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