Syrian army must pull back first under Annan plan: BEIRUT – Syrian artillery hit parts of Homs city and at least 37 people were killed in clashes around Syria on Friday, opposition activists said, as peace envoy Kofi Annan told President Bashar al-Assad his forces must be first to cease fire and withdraw. | Video Read more
Take Consistent Approach to Uprisings in Region
(New York, March 29, 2012) – The League of Arab States should at its summit in Baghdad that began on March 27, 2012, commit to carrying out and monitoring the implementation of the targeted sanctions against the Syrian leadership it agreed to in November 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Read more
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: SUMMARY (28/03/2012): At least 40 martyrs have fallen today most of them are in Homs and Hama, where many towns are under shelling. We have no idea what Assad has against Madiq castle, after shelling it for more than 2 weeks his forces entered the town today, killed 10 people and burned dozens of houses. Meanwhile, in Aleppo a general was assassinated while there has been more information about 2 British journalists killed by Assad’s forces near the Turkish border on Monday – their names were Naseem Intriri and Walid Bledi. Google map Read more
[local time] 21:56 The Lebanese army found a weapons depot in the Bekaa area of Masharee al-Qaa and arrested ten gunmen, six of whom are Syrian and four Lebanese, NBN television reported. Read more
Hasakeh: Derbasieh: Ciwan Khalaf al-Qatna was martyred four days after he was kidnapped by four shabiha. It is believed that he was targeted in an assassination and his body was found today with signs of torture on it. He is the nephew of Mashaal Tammo.
Our condolences to his family.
National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria – NCB: Observations regarding the invitation to the Istanbul conference.
A number of activists and opposition figures including members of NCB have received unsigned emails which call for their participation in the Syrian opposition conference to be held in Istanbul on 26 March 2012. The following names were attached to the emails: Khalid Bin Mohammad al-Attiyah – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Qatar, and Halit Çevik – Ambassador, Ministry of State for Foreign Affairs of Turkey. The letter states that this is based on the call from the Arab States Ministerial Council issued on 12 November 2011, and the Chairman’s conclusions of the International Conference of the Friends of the Syrian People which was held in Tunisia on 24 February 2012. The letter says this is: ‘’a conference which will bring all major opposition groups and figures committed to a peaceful political transition in Syria.”
Commenting on this call, we point out the following: Read more
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre: Summary (24/03/2012): 48 martyrs have fallen today, most of them in Idlib province, particularly the town of Saraqib, and Homs where is becoming a ghost city after the months of siege and shelling. Meanwhile, Sheikh Ahmed al-Hijri, a Druze religious leader, was killed in a “car accident” in Shahbaa. Sheikh Hijri refused the regime’s version of events and played an important role in maintaining peace between the Druze and other groups, which led to his life being threatened. See the map for more info. Syria – Saturday 24/03/2012 – Google Maps Read more