Syria's nearly eight-month-old uprising has cost at least 3,500 civilian lives, the United Nations reported Tuesday, in a tally based on figures gathered outside the country. That includes dozens killed since last week's Arab League-brokered peace plan, and the passing of a major Muslim holiday on Sunday, according to the U.N. human rights office. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said "more than 60 people are reported to have been killed by Syrian security forces since Syria signed the peace plan" sponsored by the league. She told reporters in Geneva the tally includes 19 killed on Sunday during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice... Despite increasing international pressure, President Bashar Assad still has a firm grip on power and has shown no signs of moving to stop the crackdown on the uprising against his regime since mid-March. He blames the bloodshed on "armed gangs" and extremists acting out a foreign agenda to destabilize the regime, portraying himself as the lone force who can ward off the radicalism and sectarianism that have bedeviled neighbors in Iraq and Lebanon.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
8-Nov-11: The ongoing tragedy of Syria
The Associated Press provides an update on the effectiveness of the mis-named "international community" in restoring the human rights of ordinary Syrians. No additional comments needed.