Arab Today, arab today syria conflict enters third year
Last Updated : GMT 22:04:34
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Syria conflict enters third year

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Syria conflict enters third year

Damascus - AFP

Syria\'s devastating conflict entered its third year on Friday with EU leaders frustrated over the failure of diplomacy to end the bloodshed pressing to arm rebels despite Russia\'s objections.The Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page, a key driving force behind the uprising, has called on people to take to the streets after the main weekly Muslim prayers under the rallying cry “Two years of sacrifice towards victory.”The conflict erupted on March 15, 2011 when protesters inspired by Arab world uprisings took to the streets of cities and towns across Syria for unprecedented demonstrations to call for democratic change.Despite the demonstrators being unarmed, peaceful and made up of many women and children, forces of President Bashar Al Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown, opening fire on them, prompting an ever-growing number to take up arms.Two years on, Syria is mired in a devastating civil war that has killed at least 70,000 people, forced a million to flee with millions more missing or displaced and created an economic and humanitarian disaster.Rebels have seized large swathes of territory, but growing tensions between liberals and moderate on the one hand, and powerful conservatives on the other, have raised fears of a collapse into a new sectarian bloodbath.In power for 40 years, the Assad clan believed it could quell the revolt, just as Bashar\'s father and predecessor Hafez did in 1982, when he crushed a Muslim Brotherhood uprising in Hama, killing between 10,000 and 40,000 people.The military has formidable firepower and clashes with outgunned armed rebels have reduced many cities to rubble.Britain and France have announced moves to begin addressing that imbalance by lifting an arms embargo on Syria and the issue is expected to come up again on Friday at the second and final day of an EU summit in Brussels.“Our goal is to convince our partners at the end of May, and if possible before.... If by chance there is a blockage by one or two countries, then France will take its responsibilities,” French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.“Political solutions have now failed (in Syria), despite every pressure.“We must go further because for two years there has been a clear willingness by (Syrian President) Bashar Al Assad to use every means to hit at his own people,” Hollande added.Syria\'s main opposition bloc, the National Coalition, welcomed France\'s initiative as “a step in the right direction”.Assad\'s government, like its key foreign ally Russia, said any such arms shipments would be a “flagrant violation” of international law.The United States may look favourably on the French and British moves to give more aid to rebels, the State Department said, without explicitly backing armed support.“We\'re obviously not going to get in the middle of their internal discussions, but we certainly want to see as many governments as possible provide appropriate support to the Syrian opposition coalition,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.However, Berlin is known to be cool to the idea and on Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU needed to “proceed very cautiously” on lifting the embargo.Violence across Syria killed 141 people on Thursday, among them 49 rebel fighters, 47 regime soldiers and 45 civilians, according to an updated toll from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today syria conflict enters third year Arab Today, arab today syria conflict enters third year

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape

GMT 11:11 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Heart of Turkish Riviera is Alluring Seaside Escape
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Hamas leader accuses Israel

GMT 11:43 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Hamas leader accuses Israel
Arab Today, arab today Media host gives priority to problems of people

GMT 07:00 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Media host gives priority to problems of people
View News in Arabic - Country: سوريا
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn

GMT 10:42 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Disaster costs nearly double to $175bn
Arab Today, arab today Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt

GMT 11:14 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Campaign fights sexual harassment in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Trump poised to roll back climate protections

GMT 09:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Trump poised to roll back climate protections
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Uber grounds self-driving cars

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,27 March

Uber grounds self-driving cars
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

GMT 11:10 2017 Monday ,27 March

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

GMT 09:58 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Nermein Al Fekki films “Foxes in the Valley”

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 09:02 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Laptop ban sparks ire

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 13:21 2017 Tuesday ,28 March

Samsung plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday