» 03/27/2013, 00.00
SYRIA - LEBANON
Caritas president calls for aid, not weapons to the Syrian people
For Caritas Lebanon president Fr Simon Faddoul, the situation in refugee camps is increasingly dreadful. As the Arab League is set to arm Syrian rebels against the Assad regime, Lebanon, Algeria and Iraq fear the Syria conflict will spread to the region. The Syrian National Coalition leader calls for US and NATO armed intervention.
Arab League imposes sanctions to stop the killing of civilians in Syria
The unprecedented decision freezes all economic relations between Syria and League members. Meanwhile, clashes continue: 31 civilians and 12 members of the security force killed yesterday. The Syrian regime organises demonstrations in its favour. Russia announces it will send a flotilla of warships next spring to the Syrian port of Tartus.
17/02/2012 SYRIA - UN
UN General Assembly condemns Syria
The non-binding resolution was supported by 137 in favour, 12 against and 17 abstentions. It does not criticize opposition violence. Ban Ki-moon calls on Assad to stop possible "crimes against humanity". Russian and Chinese envoys in Damascus; in Tunis, Western and Arab countries studying support maybe even military intervention. No attention paid to what Syrian people want.
As fighting reaches Damascus, apostolic nuncio expects dark days ahead
Mgr Mario Zenari describes the tensions residents face. For the past two days, the capital has been the scene of fighting between rebels and the Republican Guard, with 64 dead. The witness of nuns from Azeir monastery (Homs) is a sign of hope for Christians, Alawis and Sunnis.
"Friends of Syria" arm rebels and sanction Assad
The opposition confirms receiving arms from Western countries. Saudi Arabia decides to arm the rebels and overthrow Assad. France, Great Britain, the United States are pushing for a resolution of the UN Security Council. Hamas sides with the opposition, for an "Islamic Syria". Damascus declares that the Tunis meeting supports "terrorism". Tomorrow the referendum for new constitution.
Arab League sends 26 additional “observers” to Syria
More deaths and demonstrations are recorded across the country. Amid difficulties, international observers carry out their mission. France and Russia say foreign observers should be allowed to move freely. China and the United States call for patience and trust in the mission.
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