UN raises Syria death toll to 2,900
06-Oct-2011 (5 comments)

The United Nations has raised its tally of people killed during seven months of unrest in Syria to more than 2,900 - an increase of 200 people since the beginning of September.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Thursday that the figure was based on "reliable sources" inside and outside the country.

He also said that the names of the dead had all been confirmed and likely included some members of the security forces.

Continued clashes

Twelve people were killed in clashes between soldiers and deserters in villages of Idlib province in northwest Syria on Thursday, a human rights group said.



"Seven soldiers and five deserters were killed in the clashes in villages west of Jabal al-Zawiya," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that dozens were wounded.

Similar clashes earlier in the week between Syrian troops and deserters - who defected after refusing to fire on anti-government protesters - left four people dead near the Turkish border, rights activists said.

An army officer who has taken refuge in Turkey, Colonel Riad al-Asaad, claims to have established an opposition armed force called the "Syrian Free Army", but its strength and numbers are unknown.

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Sad as it may be

by Rea on

Given that Libya is a disaster already, Europe should definitely stay out of this. 

Russians for $mlrds invested in Syria prefer the status quo. En+, prestige and influence. See here.


Chinese also have a vested interest in preserving the status quo. With no oil going to EU and, at the same time, no UN sanctions, they can secure oil flow to China.

Who's lost? People as usual. 

Ufff, IC downloading, real nightmare. Late here, nite. ;o)


There is no if, who, where and when…

by Bavafa on

Conscionable people will condemn all killings regardless of the number or who, so if we are somehow trying to lessen the outrageous killing by Israeli which included many children solely because other Arab dictator kill more, then in my view, our way of thinking is flawed.

  One also need to keep in mind that total number of Palestinians who have been killed in various form, whether by direct shelling or by indirect way of controlling their lives by a way of occupation, will be far more then the numbers given here.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 




by Simorgh5555 on


War and wanton destruction whether committed by Israel or Arabs agaist their own people or others should be condemned.

There are the Israelis who hit out at every criticism with accusations of anti-semetism and then there are Arabs whose are indifferent to the suffering of their own people including Palestinians who they have held in prison for sixty years preferring them to be used as political pawns.

There is no sense of proportion.   

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


The point is simple:

  • If Jews kill Arabs they get condemned. The world led by Jimmy Carter writes books about "Apartheid" and so on.
  • If Arabs kill Arabs they may get a little noise; you got to listen very hard.
  • If Arabs kill Iranians nothing is said. In fact they get supplied chemicals by the West. Iran will have to go to Israel to get help.

That's the way it is.


More than 1000 Palestinians

by Simorgh5555 on

More than 1000 Palestinians were killed in the deadly Israeli assault on Gaza in 2009. The reaction was world condemnation.

Syria has killed more of its own people than Israel killed in Gaza

 Oh, yes and where is the condemnation from the Arab league? Where are all the passionate demonstrations from groupie Rachel Corrie types travelling to Syria to demonstrate against the Assad government?. Where are the crowds of Arabs gathering outside the embassies and consulates of the fascist Syrian regime.

If Israel shoots at a dozen Syrians rampaging across its border then its Shock, Horror and War Crime. Just imagine if it was Israel that killed 2,900 Syrians......or to be more precise just imagine if it were a JEW who murerered 2.900 Syrians


And the reaction of the 'Arab on the street' to Assad? Its OK he's not a Jew,