Friday, July 13, 2012

Images from Tremseh Massacre Point to Religious War in Rural Syria

It’s not a religious war.  It’s a communal conflict now sadly and the goal is to clear the Sunnis from what will be the Alawite refuge along the coast.

Gruesome images are once again coming out of Syria. And, yet again, people are asking who committed the horrific acts. The Syrian opposition accuses the regime of having murdered more than 220 men, women and children in the central Syrian village of Tremseh. Some were reportedly killed by shelling from the Syrian army, while others were killed by pro-government thugs from nearby villages.

Koffi Annan, the international envoy, said on Friday that it had been proven that artillery, helicopters and tanks had been used in Tremseh, adding that it showed that the Syrian army had clearly violated the peace plan meant to end the 16-month crisis in Syria that has left thousands dead. Meanwhile, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has called on the UN to use all means to intervene in the conflict.

As has so often been the case in this bloody conflict, it is almost impossible to confirm information regarding the massacre. One reason for this is the fact that security worries have led the UN observer mission to put its deployment on hold. Another is that the Syrian regime refuses to allow representatives of the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), journalists and officials from international organizations to examine what is happening in the country in an unfettered and independent manner.

Images from Tremseh Massacre Point to Religious War in Rural Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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