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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:54 AM

Gunmen 'kill seven' at Syrian pro-Assad Ikhbariya TV

Source: BBC

Gunmen have attacked a Syrian pro-government TV channel, killing seven people, state media say.

Journalists and security guards died in the attack on Ikhbariya TV south of Damascus, Sana news agency reported.

Hours earlier, President Bashar al-Assad said Syria was in "a real state of war", as US intelligence officials predicted a long, drawn-out struggle.

The UN's deputy envoy on Syria says the violence has "reached or surpassed" levels before the April ceasefire deal.

Jean-Marie Guehenno told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that "time was running out".


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18606341




UN says rights abuses spreading in Syria
Violations by government forces and rebels are on the rise as fighting spreads and sectarian killings grow, says report.
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 09:12

Human rights violations by Syrian government forces and rebels are on the rise as fighting spreads across the country, the chief UN rights investigator for Syria has said.

"Gross violations of human rights are occurring regularly, in the context of increasingly militarized fighting which - in some areas - bears the characteristics of a non-international armed conflict," Paulo Pinheiro said on Wednesday, using the legal term for civil war.

Since Pinheiro's panel of investigators issued its last report in February, heavy fighting has spread to new regions, he told the UN Human Rights Council.

The panel found that the government and its allied militias were responsible for killing civilians, illegal detention and various forms of torture, while opposition forces have been torturing or executing government soldiers and those suspected of supporting them.

more; http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/06/201262772654358114.html

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:20 AM

1. And it just goes downhill from here.

Great job, Regime Changers! Keep it up. Maybe, you'll create full-fledged Intra-Islamic genocide. Wouldn't that be special.

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:45 AM

2. In Brazen TV Raid, Syria and Rebels Differ Over Attackers

BEIRUT, Lebanon ó Syria said Wednesday that rebels stormed a pro-government television station in a Damascus suburb, killing employees and blowing up the station in an audacious predawn assault, but rebels said the attackers were defectors from the elite Republican Guard, considered to be the most loyal core defenders of President Bashar al-Assad.

If the rebel claim is confirmed, the attack would constitute a significant breach of security for the inner circle of President Assad, who said on Tuesday that Syria was now in a state of war ó a markedly different description of a conflict he had previously characterized as a crime wave by foreign-backed terrorists. The attack on the television station also came against the backdrop of increasingly bold and organized rebel assaults in the Damascus area and an increased pace of high-level military defections.

It also came as Kofi Annan, the special envoy to Syria from the United Nations and the Arab League whose peace plan has been paralyzed since he announced it more than two months ago, said he would convene a ministerial-level meeting on Saturday in Geneva representing what he has called countries of influence in the conflict, including the five permanent members of the Security Council and representatives from the Arab League and Turkey. But the list of invitees conspicuously omitted Iran, Syriaís most important regional ally, which Mr. Annan had wanted to include. The United States had expressed strong objections to Iranís participation, contending that it has aided and abetted the Syrian leaderís harsh repression in the 16-month-old conflict.

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The conflicting accounts of who carried out the assault on the television station, the al-Ikhbaria satellite broadcaster, reflected the difficulties that outsiders face in ascertaining the true course of events in the Syrian conflict, from which independent reporters and most international relief and monitoring officials are effectively barred.

more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/world/middleeast/syrian-pro-government-television-station-attacked.html?pagewanted=all

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Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:39 AM

3. Terrorism is a real problem in Syria.

Members of the media, medical workers, and others have been wantonly targeted by various armed actors. I hope that peace and security are restored soon.

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