New Massacre Reported in Syrian Village as Security Council Meets
The Syrian supervision also reported a mass murdering in a encampment though pronounced it was committed by armed militant groups, a central outline for Mr. Assad’s opponents. It pronounced during slightest 50 people were killed.
The site of a reported massacre, a encampment of Tremseh nearby a city of Hama, an epicenter of a 17-month-old uprising, was a initial mass murdering given United Nations cease-fire monitors were forced to postpone their work in Syria a month ago given conditions were too dangerous for them.
Activists in Hama posted a video on Youtube accusing a supervision of “ethnic clarification in Hama,” and pronounced a killings in Tremseh were “unlike any electrocute that has formerly occurred in Syria.” Tremseh is a Sunni-populated encampment surrounded by villages whose residents are of Mr. Assad’s Alawite sect.
Initial rough reports of a vast series of casualties in Tremseh, initial conveyed in a inundate of Twitter postings, came as Security Council diplomats were assembly in sealed event during a United Nations on drafting a new fortitude to force Mr. Assad’s supervision and a armed antagonists to respect a cease-fire, concede a monitors to resume their work, and exercise a assent devise by Kofi Annan, a special Syria envoy. That devise has been abandoned notwithstanding steady personal pleas by Mr. Annan to President Assad.
Reports by a Local Coordination Committees, an anti-Assad organisation in Syria, pronounced many Tremseh victims were shot as they attempted to shun a bombardments, and a organisation put a genocide fee during scarcely 200. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organisation with contacts in Syria, pronounced that supervision infantry “bombarded a encampment regulating tanks and helicopters” and that a sum deaths exceeded 100.
Syria’s state radio ran a critical of obligatory bulletins opposite a shade attributing a high fee to clashes between a confidence army and ”terrorists,” a government’s longstanding outline of all antithesis to President Assad. It pronounced that confidence army had arrested a series of suspects in a city along and seized poignant weapons caches and that a weapons enclosed some from Israel, another customary supervision indictment meant to indicate that a assault is an Israeli plot.
Word of a Tremseh killings came as new fractures non-stop in Mr. Assad’s hierarchy. The initial Syrian attach� to mangle with him given a overthrow began exhorted his countrymen to join a revolution, and he urged a armed army to spin their weapons on what he called Mr. Assad’s rapist gang.
The matter by a ambassador, Nawaf Fares, who defected on Wednesday from his post in Baghdad and is now believed to be in Qatar, came as a Syrian supervision announced that he had been summarily discharged and could face charge for actions that contradicted his duties to urge Syria. That was radically a acknowledgment that Mr. Fares had assimilated Mr. Assad’s flourishing ranks of domestic enemies.
Mr. Fares was a second distinguished figure in Mr. Assad’s supervision to desert him in reduction than a week and a initial to go open with a sardonic denunciation. Manaf Tlass, a ubiquitous in a chosen Republican Guard, fled Syria a week ago though has not flush publicly, and it was misleading either he had nonetheless reached out — or would strech out — to Mr. Assad’s opposition.
“I announce that we have joined, from this moment, a ranks of a series of a Syrian people,” Mr. Fares said. “I ask a members of a troops to join a series and to urge a nation and a citizens. Turn your guns on a criminals from this regime.”
Mr. Fares also pronounced that “every Syrian male has to join a series to mislay this calamity and this gang.”
His remarks, promote by Al Jazeera in a video matter and an interview, also denounced Iran, Mr. Assad’s usually crony in a region. He echoed Western critique of a Iranians for providing Mr. Assad with troops and mercantile support.
“Iran is contributing to a problem, it is a means of a problem, so how can it be partial of a solution?” he said.
Castigating Iran’s eremite hierarchy, Mr. Fares said: “Iran as a Muslim state should not during all mount with a tyrant that massacres a people, no matter what a interests are. The seductiveness of a Iranians is with a people and not with a regime.” Mr. Assad, he said, will eventually be gone, “but a people will sojourn there.”
In a matter about Mr. Fares, a Syrian Foreign Ministry pronounced a attach� had “made press statements that protest a duties of his position of fortifying a country’s stances and issues, that final authorised and behavioral accountability.” It also indicted him of withdrawal his embassy in Baghdad though before permission.
Confirmation of his desertion coincided with other reports of assault engulfing tools of Syria on Thursday, including what antithesis activists in Damascus were job a initial supervision artillery bombardments of a suburbs of Kafar Sousseh and Qadam, and a relentless shelling of a city of Rastan, a insurgent citadel where usually 3,000 residents sojourn out of an initial race of 60,000.
Antigovernment activists also posted videos online claiming that Syrian army had combined unguided cluster bombs, an unenlightened arms designed to maximize repairs and casualties, to their arsenal of dispute helicopters, artillery and tanks.
The videos, posted progressing in a week and initial highlighted by a blogger who uses a pseudonym Brown Moses, showed a raise of Soviet-era cluster bomblets fibbing on a belligerent with a bin used to muster them. The videos were pronounced to have been taken in a alpine segment nearby Hama, though a plcae could not be exclusively confirmed.
“These videos uncover identifiable cluster bombs and submunitions,” pronounced Steve Goose, a arms multiplication executive during Human Rights Watch in a statement. “If confirmed, this would be a initial documented use of these rarely dangerous weapons by a Syrian armed army during a conflict.”
Another video flush recently claiming to uncover a cluster-bomb strike this week around a southern city of Dara’a, a hearth of a anti-Assad overthrow in Mar 2011, though a plcae and timing could not be exclusively confirmed.
The new Security Council maneuvering for a fortitude on Syria came a day after Mr. Annan, a special attach� whose assent devise for finale a dispute is inept and during risk of finish collapse, had asked a Council to bluster a Syrian supervision and a rebels with consequences for disaster to hindrance a sharpening violence. He did not privately ask for Chapter 7 sanctions, however.
Mr. Annan, who spoke to a Council by video couple from his Geneva bureau after carrying visited Syria, Iran and Iraq, also pronounced that Mr. Assad was open to a thought of an interlocutor between himself and a domestic opposition. An interlocutor presumably would concede a discourse though a dual sides carrying to speak to any other directly, laying a grounds for a domestic transition as specified in Mr. Annan’s assent plan.
But a series of antithesis leaders deserted that thought on Thursday. “Our position is clear, there can be no discourse or negotiations, approach or indirect; there can be no transitory supervision until Assad leaves,” pronounced Samir Nachar, a member of a Syrian National Council, a categorical antithesis powerful group. “We can't discourse with a criminal.”
Rick Gladstone reported from New York, and Neil MacFarquhar from Beirut, Lebanon. Reporting was contributed by J. David Goodman from New York, Alan Cowell from London, Dalal Mawad from Beirut and Hwaida Saad from Antakya, Turkey..