» 05/23/2011, 00.00
Europe imposes sanctions on Assad as Syria inches its way towards civil war
The European Union imposed sanctions on Assad today. His regime has failed so far to quell weeks of unrest. More people have died in recent days. Near the border with Lebanon, the military and Alawi militias are killing Sunnis, who are responding in kind.
Syria’s uprising: violence will not stop a people seeking freedom and dignity
The “Syrian spring” did not want regime change. However, months of violence by Assad and his government, army and secret services have discredited the regime. It is time for everyone, including the Churches, to act and speak out despite fears of Islamisation.
Cities under siege as more than a thousand arrests are made in two days
Human rights organisations slam arbitrary arrests and interrogations in Deraa, including in hospitals. Military and pro-regime militias surround the city of Baniyas to prevent a possible uprising. Turkish prime minister condemns the repression, remembers 1982 Hama massacre of 20,000 people.
Assad sacks ministers, intimidates opponents and population
Syria's Baathist regime wants to show that it is still in charge and that no one can take advantage of international pressures to overthrow it. Its goal is to muzzle Syrian citizens.
Ankara announces humanitarian corridor for 10 thousand Syrian refugees
Corridor to help thousands of refugees fleeing cities under siege by the army and massed on the Syrian side of the border. Television has announced that Syria mogul Rami Makhlouf, will relinquish all his interests . Security forces on high alert, especially in Maarat an-Numan and Khan Sheikoun, in the northwest of the country, for another Friday of protests.
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Hariri not ruling out Syrian hand in Tripoli attack
Some members of Lebanon’s parliamentary majority wonder whether “Syrian leaders are not using the Damascus attack as a pretext to justify a new, albeit limited military adventure in Lebanon.”
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