10/29/2011, 00.00
SYRIA

The Arab League calls on Damascus to stop the killing of civilians

An "urgent message" of the Ministerial Committee. But the killings continue: Friday, there were 44 victims, according to opposition sources, who call for a no-fly zone. Talk of an armed anti-regime force: the claim is supported by reports of an attack on a few checkpoints, that killed 17 soldiers.
Beirut (AsiaNews) - The Arab League has sent an "urgent message" to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which it "expresses revulsion at the continuing killing of civilians in Syria and expresses the hope that the Syrian government wants to take the necessary measures to protect them”.

The message from the Ministerial Committee of the Arab League - which official sources in Damascus did not relay - comes in the aftermath of yet another massacre of civilians that took place last Friday, and cost, according to opposition sources, 44 victims and came on the eve of a meeting, which should take place today in Qatar - but which is no in strong doubt - between Arab League ministers and Syrian government envoys.

"Syrian Revolutioin 2011," one of the sources of the opposition instead asks for "international protection and a no-fly zones, such as those imposed by the United Nations in Libya, which led to the fall of Gaddafi.

From Turkey instead there are reports of a Syrian army colonel who fled to the neighbouring nation, Riad al-Asaad, who claims to have created an armed force, called Free Syrian Army, which opposes the Government Security Forces. The existence of the group has not been confirmed, but there are increasing reports of armed attacks against the army and the police. The official news agency SANA has reported the killing of security officers in the vicinity of al-Qosour, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 17 soldiers were killed in clashes in Homs. Apparently they are the victims of an attack orchestrated by deserters against two checkpoints.

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