Syria opposition: Assad´s forces kill 102, despite ongoing UN mission (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Avi Issacharoff 04/26/12)
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Syria opposition forces said Thursday that 102 people were killed by
President Bashar Assad´s security forces in the previous day,
indicating that this figure included 57 civilians killed during
shelling of one neighborhood in the city of Hama.
Reports of killings in Syria have continued to stream out of the war-
torrn state, despite a UN-led attempt to bring a halt to the
government´s ongoing crackdown of opposition forces and activists.
Speaking late last week, peace envoy Kofi Annan´s deputy, former
Palestinian foreign minister Nasser al-Kidwa, criticized both sides,
but particularly government forces, for refusing to stop fighting
"We don´t see much of a ceasefire," he told France 24
television. "The situation of course is not good. There are many
reasons to be worried by the lack of implementation, at least lack of
full implementation by Syrian government and perhaps some other
parties as well."
Speaking on Thursday, opposition forces reported that 102 people died
throughout the country on Wednesday, with 71 deaths reportedly coming
from the city of Hama, along with killings in Daraa, Idlib, and
According to the report, 57 of those who were killed in Hama were the
result of a concentrated shelling of the city´s Musha al-Tayar
neighborhood, including 13 children.
Hama, a flashpoint of violence since the onset of anti-Assad
protests, is infamous as being the site of a 1982 massacre
perpetrated by the security forces of Syria´s former President Hafez
Assad, with reports of between 10,000 and 25,000 dead.
Meanwhile, UN monitors continued their tour of the country, visiting
the city of Douma, where the city´s residents said security forces
ceased attacking prior to the arrival of the UN officials. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/26/12)
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