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HRW: Syria Must Stop Illegal Demolitions

This combination of two satellite images released by Human Rights Watch shows the Masha al-Arb’een neighborhood in Hama, Syria on Sept. 28, 2012, left, and on Oct. 13, 2012.
This combination of two satellite images released by Human Rights Watch shows the Masha al-Arb’een neighborhood in Hama, Syria on Sept. 28, 2012, left, and on Oct. 13, 2012.
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Human Rights Watch is calling on the Syrian government to make a commitment during peace talks with the opposition to end what the group says are illegal demolitions.

In a report released on Thursday, Human Rights Watch detailed demolitions in the central city of Hama and areas in and around Damascus during 2012 and 2013.

It said the affected neighborhoods are widely considered opposition strongholds, and that the demolitions "appeared to intentionally punish the civilian population."

The group based the report on satellite imagery analysis and interviews with witnesses and people whose houses were razed. It says the demolitions covered the equivalent of 200 football fields, including multi-story apartment buildings.

Human Rights Watch wants the government to compensate those who lost homes.

The report cited explanations from government officials and pro-government media saying the demolitions were carried out because of illegal constructions or urban planning efforts, but said witnesses and other officials linked the demolitions to the ongoing violence.

Satellite Images of Destruction in Wadi al-Jouz, Hama in 2013

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by: TheAZCowBoy from: Tombstone, AZ.
February 02, 2014 4:29 PM
OMG! Voice of America now censores comments that might be so brave (honest?) as to call the UNITED SNAKES (US/Israel/NATO) the biggest threat to world peace (piece?) in the new millennium?!

Psst: RU and HRW currently supporting the UNITED SNAKES (and terrorist Saudi prince Bandar) who supplied Chemical Weapons to the 'rebel's' in Syria?

Shoo LQQKS like it!'

Psst: You are as corrupt as the Jewish 'Bank of America,' mafia, U related?


by: Anonymous
February 02, 2014 2:53 AM
The above argument is a political construct designed to produce a pre-determined result. A guerrilla war is one fought by non-military combatants. The 'civilians', as Human Rights Watch calls them, are the fighters. The Syrian government is therefore getting rid of them. I'm sure they'd like them all to flee to New York. In the good old days, Genghis Khan or Timur the Lame would have killed the lot. However we're much nicer, these days.


by: Anonymous
January 31, 2014 2:30 AM
I don't understand, assad claims it is all about terrorism, but what he in fact is doing IS terrorism.

The definition of Terrorism:
The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

He wants to rule the country by force rather than the people wanting him. He is TRYING to take the country hostage. The only people that can help the Syrian people is the International Community to go after assad and force him to face the International Criminal Court. Until this happens more and more genocide.

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by: TheAZCowBoy from: Tombstone, AZ
February 02, 2014 4:18 PM
Only a fool would move on the lies and half-truths of the UNITED SNAKES (US/Israel/NATO) buddies over at HRW. (Note: Also, when you are attacking a 'rats nest' of the UNITED SNAKES enemies 'rebel/mercenary' forces who are holding the native population hostage - you are not committing war crime - you are liberating them!)
As for the definition of the word 'Terrorism.' This is when a 'bully' <imperialistic generally> nation sails across the sea with its best trained killers (Seal 6 types?) and its best high-tech weapons (F-16s, Apache Helicopters and Predators) and attempts to blungeon this (generally) tiny impotent nation as it rapes it of its strategic resources, Oil/Gas, Land & Water <Israel> and then defends its terroristic war crimes by calling that nations 'Minutemen/Taliban' (defending their country with old obsolete Vietnam era AK-47's and RPG-7 grenade launchers) using alot of guts in defending their country' against imperialistic terrorists - US!

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