Dozens Killed in Machine-Gun Battles in Streets of Damascus (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 03/19/12)
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The raging one-year rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad
reached the streets of the capital of Damascus Monday morning, and
rebels and Assadís forces are locked in battle. More than 100 have
been killed, including dozens of soldiers loyal to Assad.
Assadís heavily-armed forces are for more powerful than the rebels,
who have been able to obtain weapons and tanks from army defectors
and from smuggling routes.
Damascus is Assadís biggest stronghold, and the capital is home to
tens of thousands of people who work for his regime. Failure to quell
protests there could be the beginning of the end of his rule.
Loyalists to Assad beat and arrested dozens of mourners on Sunday
during funerals for victims of the two car bombings that ripped
through the capital on Saturday.
Rebels claimed that Assadís secret police and army staged the car
bombings to frame the opposition in advance of a scheduled visit to
Syria this week by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The
regime has accused the rebels and Al Qaeda terrorists for the
bombings, which killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 140
others near government intelligence buildings.
The rebelsí biggest assets in their battle against Assadís regime are
the huge number of opponents to the brutal suppression, which started
out a year ago with small demonstrations for political reforms, and
the growing anger of the majority Sunni Muslim population against the
Alawite regime. Thousands of civilians have been gunned down, shelled
and starved to death since the Arab Spring uprising began in March
The international community ignored the brutality for months, led by
Western leaders such as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who
spoke of Assad as a ďreformerĒ weeks after the demonstrations began.
Thousands have been killed and tens of thousands have been wounded as
the West refrains from giving military aid to the rebels, who have
failed to rally around a single leader or group, a key to the success
of rebels in Yemen, Egypt and Libya. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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