Friday, June 17, 2011

Ban Ki-moon asked Assad "to stop killing people"

While thousands of Syrians have fled to Turkey, the Damascus regime continues to repress dissent. Opponents call Friday to protest, while continued nightly parades throughout the country. The convictions of the international community are increasing. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Assad to stop the killings.

Dozens of tanks and vehicles carrying troops are deployed around Cheikhoun Khan, residents said, and Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, based in London. The residents of Khan Cheikhoun "began to flee to the valley Al-Ghab by the west entrance, which is not blocked by the army," said Abdel Rahman, adding that the army cut the road Aleppo Damascus erecting barricades.

Ban Ki-moon asked Assad to stop killing people. "I call again on President Assad and the Syrian authorities to stop killing people and initiate a broad dialogue and take bold steps (...) before it's too late," said Ban Ki-Moon.

According to Syrian organizations in defense of human rights, 1300 civilians and 300 soldiers have died since the beginning in March.

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