Saturday, June 11, 2011

Security forces kill at least 25 demonstrators

Syrian security forces, backed by helicopter gunships, killed at least 25 civilians among tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the regime in a country where East is plunged into chaos. At three months of protests began on 15 March, despite the sanctions and criticism from the international community, the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears determined to quell bloodshed demonstrations, an attitude described as "outrageous" by Ankara and "slaughter" by Washington.

The repression was particularly violent in the region of Idleb (Northwest) with at least 10 civilians were killed when security forces fired in the direction of a large demonstration in the town of Maaret to Numan, close to that of Jisr al Shugur, witnesses said and activists. The father of one protester dead, Mohammed al Dgheim 30 years, said the latter was "shot in the chest by a sniper." A militant in the place said that helicopter gunships also fired at the crowd.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refuses to answer calls from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a strong critic of repression in Syria, said the UN spokesman. For its part, the United States called for "increased pressure" on Bashar al-Asad to force an end to violence, said State Department spokesman, Mark Toner.

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