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Syria: Pressure, Sanctions and Protests have been intensified

(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)

SYRIA- Rallies, support comments and rejection campaigns are the headlines at news about Syria along almost all local Syrian media. Meanwhile; sanctions, pressure and calls to halt crackdown on protesters are top news about Syria abroad.



Syrian authorities on Wednesday released 912 persons who were involved in the recent incidents and protests.
Syria state-run news agency (SANA) along with Syria TV reported Wednesday “912 persons who were involved in the latest events without perpetrating acts of killing were released on Wednesday. 1180 arrested people were released on November 15th and 553 others were released on 5th of the same month.”



Official media also reported masses rallies at some Syrian cities on Wednesday to reject Arab League sanctions and refute its stance against the country. They also chanted slogans to support President Bashar al-Assad and reform program applied by his government.

“Huge masses of Syrian citizens on Wednesday gathered in Homs and Banias to express condemnation of the Arab League (AL) decisions against Syria.” SANA & Syria TV reports Wednesday.

According to state-run media too, President Bashar al-Assad also received Wednesday a delegation of the Muslim Scholars Gathering of Lebanon and discussed with them the events in Syria and their repercussions at the regional and international levels.



Outside Syria, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Associated Press (AP) that dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers stormed the village of Dael in the southern Daraa province early in the morning amid heavy gunfire.

All communications with the village were cut at dawn, including mobile, land lines as well as electricity, the observatory told AP.

Another activist coalition, called the Local Coordination Committees, also reported explosions and deployment of military in Dael and said communications had been cut.



More clashes and conflicts were also reported in Homs, Hama and near Idleb. Many clashes and home-to-home raids have been applying by Syrian authorities along the last two months, in addition to arrests campaigns all over the country as crackdown on protesters, according to activists’ reports online that used to be quoted by foreign media agencies.

Media abroad used to indicate at the fact that “it is difficult to independently verify reports about Syria casualties and incidents as Syria`s regime has barred journalists from reporting directly from hot-spot areas in country.”



In Cairo, the committee met in the Arab League’s Cairo headquarters to press ahead with sanctions against Damascus over a bloody crackdown on protesters who want the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

The meeting would also decide on when to implement a decision by Arab foreign ministers to end all flights to and from Syria, and a list of necessary foodstuffs that will be excluded from the ban on trade with Syria’s government.

Arab foreign ministers scheduled to meet in Doha on Saturday are to decide whether to adopt the committee’s proposals.

In an unprecedented move, the pan-Arab bloc on Sunday approved a raft of sanctions against Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly crackdown against the uprising.

The sanctions include freezing government assets, suspending cooperation with Syria’s central bank and halting funding for projects in the country.



In Jeddah at KSA, The head of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Wednesday the world's largest Islamic body will try to resolve the political crisis in Syria internally and oppose moves to take the issue to the international community.

"We are keen to preserve Syria's safety, security and stability, and insist on rejecting the internationalisation of the Syrian crisis and on working towards resolving it within the broader Islamic family as represented by the OIC," Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

"We need to reiterate our stand against any internationalisation of the Syrian crisis," he told an OIC meeting that is expected to focus on Syria's crackdown that has killed more than 3,500 people and drawn global condemnation and sanctions from the Arab League.



In Ankara, "Every bullet fired, every bombed mosque has eliminated the legitimacy of the Syrian leadership and has widened the gap between us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara, Turkey. "Syria has squandered the last chance that it was given."

"Syria must immediately cease using force on the people and the forces must immediately withdraw from the cities," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish foreign minister announced a set of nine sanctions, including a travel ban on Syrian leaders and the freezing of their assets. Businessmen "strongly supporting" the regime would also be sanctioned, Davutoglu said, in a direct threat to a mainstay of regime support.



Davutoglu also said Wednesday that Turkey was imposing a travel ban and freezing the assets of "certain officials who are members of the main cadre of leaders, who are the subject of claims of exerting violence against the people or of resorting to illegitimate means."

"All shipment of arms and military equipment through Turkey's land, airspace and seas ... will be prevented," he said.

He said Ankara was suspending all ties to the Syrian Central Bank, freezing any Syrian government assets in Turkey and suspending any loan deals. Future dealing with the Syrian Trade Bank would be suspended, while current deals would continue, Davutoglu said.

He also announced the suspension of a joint economic and political cooperation council between the two countries "until a legitimate leadership that is in peace with its people comes to power in Syria."



In Geneva, the U.N.'s top human right body is being asked to consider setting up a special investigator for Syria and to urge world powers to follow up on evidence of crimes against humanity.

A draft resolution to be taken up at the Human Rights Council's urgent meeting Friday would establish a special rapporteur on human rights in Syria.

The draft, which could change, recommends that the General Assembly and the Security Council—the U.N.'s most powerful arm—consider and "take appropriate action" on a report's findings Monday.

The report from the Human Rights Council's expert panel claimed Syrian forces committed "crimes against humanity" to quash the uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that began in mid-March 2011.

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