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More Than 300 Killed in Syria, Rights Group Says

An image grab taken from a broadcast on Syrian television on July 20, 2012, shows dead men lying on the ground next to weapons in the Teshrin neighborhood of the Qabun area in Damascus. (AFP Photo / Ho / Shaam News Network)
An image grab taken from a broadcast on Syrian television on July 20, 2012, shows dead men lying on the ground next to weapons in the Teshrin neighborhood of the Qabun area in Damascus. (AFP Photo / Ho / Shaam News Network)
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Syrian activists say more than 300 people were killed across Syria on Thursday, in what is believed to be the deadliest day in the 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

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The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday that nearly 100 of the people killed in the violence were government troops.  Many civilians were also killed.

Syrian state media reported that government troops have recovered full control of a volatile neighborhood in Damascus, the Midan District.

Fierce clashes

The capital has been the scene of fierce clashes this week between Syrian troops and rebel forces.  Wednesday, a rebel bomb blast killed three senior military figures with close ties to President Assad.  State television Friday said the country's national security chief, Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar, died of wounds suffered in the blast.
 
The rebels seized control of major border posts with Iraq and Turkey Thursday, leading Iraqi officials to close off the border with Syria. Iraq also says the rebels killed at least 21 Syrian soldiers at the crossing.

Russia criticized

Meanwhile, Russia has rejected Western criticism of its veto Thursday of a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have threatened Syria with sanctions if it does not halt violence.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that some Western countries are trying to lay the blame for the escalating Syrian violence on Russia's refusal to support a resolution threatening sanctions against the authorities," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

Security Council to meet

China also vetoed the resolution, which would have extended the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria.  The mandate of the mission is due to expire Friday. Council members are expected to meet again to consider a resolution that would extend the mandate for a brief period.

China's state media defended Beijing's veto, Friday. "Unfortunately, some Western countries hastily pushed for a vote on the immature draft, which, if adopted, will only lead to more violence in Syria."


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

 

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by: Anonymous
July 22, 2012 2:23 PM
12 dead in America = story of the year
300 dead in Syria = ...meh

by: Dung from: Viet nam
July 21, 2012 11:46 AM
i protest against war, let take peace to the world.

by: Glenn J from: Rochester, NY
July 21, 2012 12:44 AM
After the holacaust, the world came together and made a collective statement... promising NEVER again will the peoples of the world stand by while thousands are being murdered. What a joke! The West should be ashamed... but let history show the despicable behavior of Russia and China.

by: Godwin from: Nigeira
July 20, 2012 1:50 PM
These pictures make the Russians and the Chinese happy. To Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao, the only thing that matters is that they are at the helm of affairs. Seeing themselves in partnership with another brute with the tag of president makes them feel on top of the world, even if all of Syria will burn down to ashes. After all they want to see how it feels to be another Fuhrer, Idi Amin or the man-eating manhattan. China loves to see how it tastes using other people for lab experiments instead of the chinks all the time. Do you begrudge them?

by: Michael from: USA
July 20, 2012 9:09 AM
In sadness for the great number of deaths these past few days, we ought to respect the United Nations for accepting responsibility directly, on such a public, open-handed, and full-scale willingness to search for a solution

by: Kafantaris from: Ohio
July 20, 2012 8:21 AM
Russia and China had a chance to be part of the solution in Syria. Over and over they have refused -- with no convincing reasons.
This left the Syrian regime to continue its brutal crackdown that demoralized the people and accelerated the defections. It even brought in outside Arabs to Syria for help.
No peaceful solution now seems workable and the fast changing events on the ground are likely to determine the fate of both Assad and Syria.
In the end Russia and China may again be left on the outside looking in.
If you can't beat them you join them. But paranoia in totalitarian regimes gets in the way to understanding that.

by: AJ from: Afghanistan
July 20, 2012 8:18 AM
for god sake! look who Veto the resolution, China and Russia!
Look who support the Dictator Assad: Russia, China, Cuba, Iran !
Dictator regimes supporting decorator regime!
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by: qiufeng from: china
July 20, 2012 9:12 AM
you are right!
Dictator regimes supporting decorator regime!

by: Stephen Real from: Columbia USA
July 20, 2012 6:23 AM
God bless these men of the revolution whom gave their lives to end this exception brutal authoritarian dictatorship on the planet Earth. Bashar Assad is one evil homocidal maniac.
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by: John Wilson from: New Zealand
July 21, 2012 3:04 AM
Thank god for Russia and China for stalling the Western bully boys, USA, UK and France so far. If you think the UN and NATO want to get in to Syria for humanitarianism reasons, think again. The US doesn't do humanitarianism, never has, never will. No, with the USA there has to always be an ulterior motive. In this case its Israel. This is clearly a way of getting through the back door of Iran and then Lebanon. After that the extremely dangerous Israel will no longer have to pursue a Palestinian peace accord and can carry on their genocide at will. Assad like Gaddafi (was) is very well liked in Syria as Gaddafi was in Libya. They both have provided excellent free medical aid and education. Because of NATO bombing the shit out of Libya that's all gone now as it will be soon in Syria.
DON'T just watch CNN ,Fox and al Jazzera for your news - They're just the US's propaganda machine.

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