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Jan 3, 2013

Analysis: Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

AZAZ, Syria/LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations says. Another 100,000 may die this year, warns U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. About 220 were killed on Wednesday alone.

“When numbers get serious, they leave a mark on your door,” goes a song by American musician Paul Simon.

Jan 3, 2013

Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

AZAZ, Syria/LONDON (Reuters) – The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations says. Another 100,000 may die this year, warns U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. About 220 were killed on Wednesday alone.

“When numbers get serious, they leave a mark on your door,” goes a song by American musician Paul Simon.

Jan 3, 2013

Syria rebels in push to capture air base

AZAZ, Syria, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Rebels battled on Thursday to
seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to limit
the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad the upper
hand.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in the 21-month-old
uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week,
sharply raising the death toll in a conflict that shows no sign
of ending.

Jan 3, 2013

U.N. lifts Syria death toll to “truly shocking” 60,000

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Rebels battled on Thursday to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to limit the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad the upper hand.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in the 21-month-old uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week, sharply raising the death toll in a conflict that shows no sign of ending.

Dec 31, 2012

Desperate for weapons, Syrian rebels make their own, fix tanks

ALEPPO PROVINCE, Syria, Dec 31 (Reuters) – At a converted
warehouse in the midst of a block of residential homes in a
northern Syrian town, men are hard at work at giant lathes,
shavings of metal gathering around them.

Sacks of potassium nitrate and sugar lie nearby.

In a neat row against the wall is the finished product,
homemade mortars. Syrian rebels say they have been forced to
make them because their calls for heavy weapons and ammunition
to fight President Bashar al-Assad have gone unanswered.

Dec 30, 2012

No end to Syria war if sides refuse to talk: envoy

AZAZ, Syria/CAIRO (Reuters) – The international peace negotiator for Syria pleaded with outside countries on Sunday to push the warring parties to the table for talks, warning that the country would become a failed state ruled by warlords unless diplomacy is given a chance.

Lakhdar Brahimi, who inherited the seemingly impossible task of bringing an end to the war after his predecessor Kofi Annan resigned in frustration in July, has launched an intensified diplomatic campaign to win backing for a peace plan.

Dec 30, 2012

Syria gravediggers have no time to wait for the dead

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Gravediggers at the cemetery in the northern Syrian town of Azaz no longer wait for bombs to fall before they break the ground. The dead come too fast.

A war plane dropped two bombs that destroyed at least six houses on Saturday. Eleven people were killed, activists say. Some children were buried two to a grave to save space.

Dec 30, 2012

Old Aleppo, frontline ghost town of ruined treasures

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – A 13th century mosque is shuttered, its tottering minaret struck at the base by a shell. Snipers fire from nests atop the immense stone walls of the citadel, where ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Turkish warriors once perched.

Until a few months ago, Old Aleppo was both a living museum and a breathing city, where souk shoppers haggled over spices, books and olive-oil soap beneath wrought-iron filigree balconies and wooden lattice screens.

Dec 29, 2012

Blood spattered on the bricks where Syria bomb falls

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Standing in the wreckage of his home, destroyed in an air strike two hours before, Abu Badri surveyed the damage as relatives scoured the rubble for any valuables they could retrieve.

“We’ll have to find a tent to stay in near the border with Turkey. What else can we do?” said the 38-year-old man, walking on a pile of broken concrete under a collapsed roof.

Dec 29, 2012

Syria doomed to “hell” without political deal -envoy

MOSCOW/AZAZ, Syria, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The international
mediator touting a peace plan for Syria warned on Saturday of
“hell” if the warring sides shun talks, and Moscow accused
enemies of President Bashar al-Assad of blocking negotiations.

U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in Moscow that
responsible people inside and outside Syria should “help the
Syrians stop their descent into more and more bloodshed, into
more and more chaos and perhaps a failed state”.