Rights Activists Say 25 Syrians Killed in Attacks
[VOA News] Rights activists said Wednesday's violence across Syria killed at least 25 people, including eight Syrian troops who died in a retaliatory attack by suspected army defectors.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the defectors ambushed a military convoy traveling through a village near the flashpoint city of Hama.
Hours earlier, rights activists said Syrian security forces opened fire on a car traveling through another nearby village, killing five civilians, while 12 others were killed by security forces elsewhere in the country.
The United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
says more than 5,000 people have died since March, when the unrest first began. But Syria's U.N. ambassador has rejected that figure as "incredible."
U.N. Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
told news hounds in New York that "the status quo in Syria cannot go on." "In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act," he added.
In Washington, a congressional committee on foreign affairs examined U.S. policy toward Syria. Some members questioned whether the B.O. regime should continue to advocate for a peaceful resolution in Syria in the face of widespread violence. Others echoed calls by President Barack
I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go Obama for Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
to step down and end the killing, detention and torture of demonstrators.
Syria's uprising has turned increasingly violent in recent months, with defecting soldiers fighting back against the army and once-peaceful protesters taking up arms to protect themselves.
Posted by: Fred 2011-12-15