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Dec 9, 2011

Turkey warns Syria not to provoke regional crisis

BEIRUT, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Turkey warned Syria on
Friday it would act to protect itself if a Syrian government
crackdown on protesters threatened regional security and
unleashed a tide of refugees on its borders.

At least five Syrians were shot dead as protesters took the
streets following Friday prayers and ahead of a general strike
called for Sunday, according to a network of anti-government
activists reporting events to a website based in England.

Dec 9, 2011

Turkey “can’t stand by” if Syria threatens security

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey warned Syria on Friday it would act to protect itself if a Syrian government crackdown on protesters threatened regional security and unleashed a tide of refugees on its borders.

At least five Syrians were shot dead as protesters took the streets following Friday prayers and ahead of a general strike called for Sunday, according to a network of anti-government activists reporting events to a website based in England.

Dec 7, 2011

Assad says only “crazy” leaders kill own people

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering his troops to kill peaceful demonstrators, telling the U.S. television channel ABC that only a “crazy” leader kills his own people.

Assad is under mounting international pressure, including a threat of sanctions from the Arab League, over a crackdown on nationwide anti-government protests in which the United Nations says more than 4,000 people have been killed.

Dec 6, 2011

Syrian death squads darken picture of Homs revolt

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Shadowy death squads are operating in Syria’s flashpoint city of Homs, according to accounts from anti-government activists in the country, from which foreign reporters are officially banned.

In the past two days, more people were killed in mysterious circumstances than by the state security forces firing in the streets, activists and residents say. Yet very little is known for certain about who is behind such killings, which appear to have targeted government supporters, as well as opponents.

Dec 5, 2011

Syria says “would like” to accept Arab deal

BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Syria said it had
conditionally approved an Arab League peace plan to end eight
months of unrest which threatens to drag the country to civil
war and activists said at least 60 bodies were taken to
hospitals in the central city of Homs on Monday.

In a letter to the League by Foreign Minister Walid
al-Mualem, Syria rejected foreign interference and demanded the
annulment of sanctions plus reinstatement in the regional bloc.

Dec 5, 2011

Syria says it could sign Arab peace deal “soon”

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An increasingly isolated Syria imposed retaliatory sanctions on former friend Turkey, but said on Monday it might agree “soon” to an Arab peace plan to avert penalties from Arab states over its eight month crackdown on protests.

In a display of muscle that could be intended to deter any idea of foreign military intervention in a crisis which has killed at least 4,000 people, the army staged a big exercise with rockets, tanks and helicopters.

Dec 4, 2011

At least 23 dead in intensifying Syria violence

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 23 people were reported killed in Syria Saturday as violence intensified in the eighth month of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, pushing the death toll close to 4,600, an activist group said.

The Arab League, which has deepened Assad’s isolation by announcing economic sanctions against Damascus, gave Syria until Sunday to sign an initiative to end the crackdown, Qatar’s foreign minister said.

Dec 3, 2011

Syrian army clashes with rebels, 15 dead

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 15 people died in fierce fighting between security forces and army rebels in northern Syria early on Saturday, activists said, as violence intensified in the eighth month of unrest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition groups say rebel forces are increasing their attacks on security forces loyal to the government, which is trying to suppress the revolt against 41 years of Assad family rule.

Dec 3, 2011

Fifteen dead after Syrian army clashes with rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least 15 people died in fierce fighting between security forces and army rebels in northern Syria early on Saturday, activists said, as violence intensified in the eighth month of unrest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Opposition groups say rebel forces are increasing their attacks on security forces loyal to the government, which is trying to suppress the revolt against 41 years of Assad family rule.

Dec 2, 2011

Rights body condemns Syria; Shell pulls out

BEIRUT/GENEVA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The main U.N. human
rights forum condemned Syria’s crackdown on protests on Friday
and Royal Dutch Shell shut down oil work there because of EU
sanctions, signs of the deepening isolation of President Bashar
al-Assad.

The 47-member rights forum overwhelmingly voted to adopt a
resolution put forward by the European Union, condemning “gross
and systematic” rights violations. Russia and China, which have
so far protected Assad by vetoing measures at the U.N. Security
Council, were among the four countries to vote against it.