Aleppo Dragged into Syrian Civil War (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Julian 05/06/12)
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The northern trading city of Aleppo, relatively quiet until now, last
week was finally dragged into Syria´s growing civil war. At least
five were killed in an Aleppo suburb after a car wash was bombed by
rebels in revenge for the rape of a woman in front of her husband.
The car wash owner was the alleged perpetrator, according to a member
of the Free Syrian Army, which claimed responsibility for the attack,
according to Reuters in Beirut.
The car wash in the lower class suburb of Tal al-Zarazeer was
reportedly used by the members of a force loyal to Syrian President
"We placed a bomb inside a car,” said spokesman Ali al-Halabi. “I
went to the area afterwards and saw seven bodies and many wounded.”
However, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the
death toll at five.
Much of the Syrian Jewish community in the United States originated
from the city, once a magnificent center of trading. There are still
a few Jews left in the country, although it is not well known, and
numerous efforts have been made in past years to try and rescue them
or persuade them to leave. Nearly all are elderly, and few are
willing to leave.
Until recently, the city has been spared the worst of the violence
that has torn apart the country in the growing civil war that began
in March 2011 with the Arab Spring uprisings.
But last Thursday four were killed and some 200 others were arrested
after government forces and students with knives attacked anti-Assad
protesters at the city´s university.
Activists reported that at least 37 others were killed Friday when
security forces fired on protesters elsewhere around the country.
The presence of United Nations observers has done little to stem the
violence, as did the presence of Arab League monitors months ago, and
an agreement signed with Assad by envoy Kofi Annan has had little
more effect than an earlier deal signed with the Arab League.
Some 300 observers are expected to be placed in the country, with
about 50 already having arrived on the eve of the so-
called “ceasefire” that began on April 12, but neither side has ended
Close to 10,000 civilians have been killed since the uprising began,
according to various estimates, although exact figures are impossible
due to government blocks on journalists and other impartial
observers. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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