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General News    H2'ed 5/25/11

Syria Civilian Death Toll Surpasses 1,000 at the Hands of the Assad Regime

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Excerpted from Al Jazeera:

Syrian government forces are being blamed for the deaths of more than 1,000 civilians in a nine-week crackdown on nationwide anti-government demonstrations.

Amar Qurabi, head of the Egypt-based National Organisation for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that his group has documented the names of 1,062 people killed since mid-March, along with the locations of where they died.

He also said more than 10,000 people have been arrested by authorities during the protests.

Meanwhile, Sawasiah, a Syrian human rights organisation, said on Tuesday that it had the names of 1,100 people who it reported were killed mostly in the southern Hauran Plain region, where the uprising first erupted.

The rights organisation, founded by jailed human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, said it had reports of another 200 civilians deaths, but did not have names.

Syria has barred most international media since the protests broke out, making it difficult to independently verify accounts of the violence.

Call for protests

Despite a rising civilian death toll, fresh protests calling for regime change across the country have continued to challenge the Assad family's 40-year-old dynasty.


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President Bashar Assad, dynastic strongman of Syria, rules through fear and violence. (al Jazeera source)

To find a common voice for its anti-government movement, opposition leaders are set to hold a conference next week in neighbouring Turkey, Qurabi told the AFP news agency on Tuesday. (FOR THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE)

 

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