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Syria is Facing an International Condemnation as its Crackdown on Protests is Still On

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SYRIA- As Syria has been facing an international condemnation for its crackdown on the ongoing five-month uprising against the President Bashar al-Assad`s regime; Syrian authorities have been kept reporting that they have deployed troops in Homs and along other Syrian cities in response to appeals by inhabitants that have been frightened by "armed terrorist gangs".

A deadly hail of bullets struck Syrian refugees as they tried to flee across the border to Turkey on Monday, killing one man and wounding another, the Turkish government said Tuesday, according to CNN report.



CNN added "Yesterday there was a bunch of people trying to cross the border to Turkey," said a Turkish Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity according to diplomatic protocol. "While one of the groups tried to pass, there were shots fired from the Syrian side, I assume from the Syrian soldiers... two people were shot, one died on the Syrian side of the border, and (his body) was also carried with a wounded guy to the Turkish side."

The description of the incident was confirmed by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "He was killed by snipers from the Syrian side while he was crossing the border," wrote the Observatory's Mousab Azzawi, in an e-mail to CNN.

CNN added “According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, at least 330 Syrians fled on Monday through an old border checkpoint at the Turkish village of Belengoz.”

CNN report said that the latest movement of fleeing Syrians comes after opposition activists claimed Syrian security forces launched a fresh wave of military operations in areas close to the Turkish border. A growing number of exiled activists have operated out of Turkey, which has also hosted a number of opposition meetings and conferences.

The Syrian activist network known as “The Local Coordination Committees” told al-Arabia that Homs residents were hiding in homes and offices to escape the gunfire.
Homs has seen some of the largest protests against the regime. Citing witnesses on the ground, the LCC said armored vehicles were rolling through the city and “shooting toward anything moving.”

On Monday, Activists and LCC said that the crackdown on protesters continued unabated. They reported that Syrian soldiers raided homes and made arrests at many cities and flashpoint districts all over the country.

They also reported some killings, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London said as many as six people were killed in Homs.

Demonstrators were also killed on Monday in the central city of Homs and the northern province of Idlib, according to Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights. Security forces also carried out a “major assault” yesterday on the town of Nawa, near the southern province of Daraa where the uprising began in March, Merhi told Bloomberg by phone on Tuesday.

For its part, Syria State-run media (SANA and Syrian TV) reported early on Tuesday “Six army and security forces martyrs on Tuesday were escorted from Tishreen, Homs and Lattakia military hospitals and Hama National Hospital to their final resting place in Damascus Countryside, Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Lattakia.”

SANA added “The martyrs were targeted by armed terrorist groups while they were performing their national duty in Hama, Homs and Idleb.”

As for Monday, SANA reported that terrorist gunmen opened fire on Monday at a bus carrying workers from the Syrian Company for Oil Transport near Fakhoura Roundabout in Homs, killing one of them and injuring 30 others, some of them in critical condition.

“The number of the martyrs in the attack carried out on Monday by an armed terrorist group against a bus transporting workers of Crude Oil Transportation Company near al-Fakhoura Roundabout in Homs, rose to 4 martyrs and 7 wounded. Director of Homs National Hospital, Dr. Ghassan Tannous, said that the hospital received 11 emergency cases transferred from al-Ahli Specialized Hospital, four were martyred and one was in a critical condition.” SANA reported regarding the incident on Tuesday.

On Monday too, SANA reported that Customs police in al-Hasaka Province seized on Monday 8 Kalashnikov guns with ammunition. The guns were hidden in a car driven by a notorious weapon smuggler named Oklah bin Jaloud al-Aziz.

Some Syrian websites quoted a Syrian source on Tuesday saying that Hama Attorney General Adnan Bakkour have been freed by a Military operation in al-Rasten city and was moved into secured official place. This news has not been confirmed officially yet.

At another incident earlier on Monday, Reuters report that unknown gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying employees of the state-owned Syrian Petroleum Transport Company in Homs city, the Britain-based Observatory, headed by dissident in exile Rami Abdelrahman, added in statement.

The Observatory said witnesses reported gunfire and explosions in the city's five main residential districts and market.

Syria had banned foreign journalists and restricted local media during the revolt which make all foreign media agencies cannot able to independently verify such news about incidents inside the country.

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