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UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:10 AM
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Syria crisis: Assad regime forces issue 72-hour deadline for end to protests in Homs
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Source: the telegraph

Syrian forces encircling the city of Homs have issued a 72-hour ultimatum for all protests against President Bashar al-Assad to stop, or a new offensive will begin.

The warning came as the regime's troops massed outside the city, apparently preparing for a major operation. Homs has been a centre of unrest since the onset of demonstrations against Mr Assad in March. The biggest protests have traditionally taken place on Fridays, the day of prayer in the Muslim world, when the mosques fill with worshippers.
On Friday, the security forces tried to curb the unrest by issuing an explicit threat. "We have been given 72 hours to stop protesting, or they are going to hit us hard," said an opposition activist in Homs going by the name Abu Rami.
Nonetheless, demonstrations swept across the city after prayers. People left the mosques and filled the streets, chanting "Syria wants freedom" and "Bashar is an enemy of humanity".

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