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More than 100 Dead in Syria Ahead of Peace Deadline

Damaged building are seen in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city, Syria, April 5 , 2012.
Damaged building are seen in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city, Syria, April 5 , 2012.

At least 100 people were reported killed across Syria Saturday, as government forces pounded opposition strongholds three days ahead of a deadline to halt all military action.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that tracks the violence in Syria, said about two-thirds of those who died were civilians and that many of the casualties were in the central village of Latamneh.

Rights groups and witnesses said military shelling and clashes between pro-government and opposition forces erupted in several regions.

Ausama Monajed, a spokesman for the opposition Syrian National Council, said the government was trying to crush dissent ahead of the April 10 deadline.

"We've seen this over and over again. This will never bear any fruit and the regime will always try to escalate the level of violence before any deadline," he said.

Also Saturday, thousands of Syrians rallied in Damascus and several other cities to mark the 65th anniversary of the creation of the ruling Baath Party.  Many waved red, black and green Syrian flags or pictures of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government has promised to stop all military action by April 10 under terms of a peace agreement brokered by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.  The agreement calls for the opposition to lay down its arms within 48 hours after the government fulfills its promise.

Syria troop pullout

Satellite image posted on the US embassy's Facebook page shows the Syrian government removed some forces in Da’el in Daraa province.

Monajed says the Syrian National Council backs the peace plan but doubts President Assad will abide by its provisions.  "Despite the fact that we supported the plan, and we still do, we do not think it is going to bear any fruit," he said.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday sharply criticized the Assad government for its continued assault on civilians and said the cease-fire deadline "is not an excuse for continued killing."

The U.N. says more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began 13 months ago.

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

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by: William
April 10, 2012 9:07 AM
All the blood is on putins hands.


by: Aliyari
April 08, 2012 9:22 PM
This is a war between Shia and Sunni
why people think different?


by: Natasha
April 08, 2012 9:17 PM
The peace deadline cannot be met because the rebels are all terrorists. The only way to solve the problems is to destroy them and their sponsors.


by: Wondering
April 08, 2012 8:22 AM
What is the stance of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner on Syria. Her opinion is remarkably quiet, given the huge loss of life and the duration of the violence against civilllians.


by: jamshidrahmani84@yahoo.com
April 08, 2012 3:21 AM
i love the islamic country


by: Loeber
April 07, 2012 8:19 PM
"To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and -- more profoundly -- our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are," President Obama said. "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."


by: reza
April 07, 2012 7:09 AM
i believe that united nation can not help to Syria people and it will provide profit of west and united state i am sure that Syria government had agreement with them only for stability himself this decision is only useful for short run it is not suitable for long run.


by: Dean
April 07, 2012 5:22 AM
The USA is totally obsessed with Syria.

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