Sunday, July 01, 2012

1-Jul-12: Latest scenes from the Arab "Spring"

From today's syndicated AFP report on the unbearable ordinariness of the ongoing daily massacres in al-Assad's Syria.
  • At least 83 people were killed, mostly civilians, in violence across Syria on Saturday, and hundreds more were trapped in Douma as regime forces stormed the town in Damascus province, monitors said... The latest violence came amid fierce countrywide clashes and a day after 75 people were killed nationwide. More than 15,800 people have been killed in violence since an anti-regime uprising broke out in March 2011...
  • In the single most serious incident, mortar fire killed 30 civilians who were attending a funeral in the town of Zamalka, six miles east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said... The Observatory did not give any further details on the Zamalka incident but published two videos from people on the ground.
  • "The security forces have seized control of the main hospital in Douma," the Observatory said. "There are no doctors in the town, though dozens of wounded need urgent care."
  • The watchdog also reported fierce clashes in the capital itself and the suburbs of Damascus, with regime troops using helicopters to shell several neighbourhoods on Saturday.
  • The army shelled Rastan in the central province of Homs, the watchdog said...
Meanwhile yet another little-noticed aspect of the Arab "Spring" from the UK Telegraph:
The Arab Spring has spawned a new generation of British-born terrorists after al-Qaeda lured dozens of would-be bombers abroad to train for possible attacks on the UK, the head of MI5 warned... British would-be jihadis are known to be receiving training in the likes of Libya and Egypt, mirroring what has already happened in the Yemen and Somalia. And they could return to attack the UK in what is a “new and worrying development”, he said.

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