Syrian ´Peace´: Fresh Clashes Break Out (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 03/31/12)
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Fresh clashes erupted between Syrian soldiers and rebels across many
parts of Syria on Friday, despite President Bashar Assad having
accepted a peace plan brokered by UN envoy Kofi Annan earlier this
According to The Associated Press, there were clashes in the suburbs
of Damascus, in the northern Idlib province, the restive central
province of Homs and in eastern Syria.
The Local Coordination Committees said 15 people were killed across
the country, including eight who died in the town of Quriya in the
eastern Deir el-Zour province. There, according to the organization,
security forces opened fire to disperse anti-government protesters,
triggering a shootout and fierce clashes with local rebels in the
The LCC and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
also reported intense clashes between government forces and defectors
in the suburbs of Damascus, between the towns of Zamalka and Arbeen.
In Damascus, troops opened fire on protesters in the Kafar Souseh
district, killing at least one.
Earlier on Friday, Annan demanded the Syrian government implement the
ceasefire it previously agreed to immediately.
"The deadline is now," an Annan spokesman said, adding the former UN
chief believed Assad needed "to make a good faith gesture."
On Thursday, the UN’s human rights chief Navi Pillay said there is
enough evidence to bring human rights charges against Assad over his
year-long crackdown on protesters.
“Factually there’s enough evidence pointing to the fact that many of
these acts are committed by the security forces, (and) must have
received the approval or the complicity at the highest level,” she
told the BBC.
“President Assad could simply issue an order to stop the killings and
the killings would stop...” Pillay explained. “So this is the kind of
thing that judges hearing cases on crimes against humanity will be
looking at on command responsibility.”
On Thursday the Syrian opposition, skeptical about whether Assad
would indeed implement Annan’s peace plan, said it is willing to
accept the plan but conditioned the acceptance on how quickly the
plan would be implemented.
Waleed al-Bunni, a member of the Syrian National Council, told the
London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the opposition would
accept the plan only if Assad´s regime complies with its points
within two days, even though it does not include the opposition´s
main demand that Assad should step down.
Al-Bunni said that if the plan “is an extra time for Bashar al-Assad
to commit more massacres and destroy more cities and we lose 10,000
citizens, then it proves like all previous initiatives that the
international community is not serious about solving the Syrian
crisis and this community must then confront Al-Assad with his lies.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/31/12)
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