Syria’s Banias besieged, shootings at nearby village

Syrian security forces locked down the protest flashpoint town of Banias and raked the nearby village of Baida with gunfire on Tuesday, witnesses told AFP by telephone, as world criticism of the crackdown mounted.

“Security forces and armed men are firing machine guns indiscriminately at the village,” a witness said.

“The gunfire against Baida is intense like the rain. At least one person was injured,” another witness told AFP.

The army kept a stranglehold on the coastal town of Banias, 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of Damascus, where residents said they faced a bread shortage.

“Security forces and the army continue to assault Banias and we know what they are preparing for us,” said Anas al-Shuhri, one of the leaders of anti-regime protesters.

“There is a shortage of bread in the city, electricity is cut and the majority of phone lines are too,” he added.

Abdelbasset, an electrician, told AFP the situation was “extremely bad”.

“The army was redeployed outside the city and the security forces and shabbiha (regime agents) conducted a number of arrests. The town is dead, shops are closed,” he said.

“Banias is surrounded by tanks, no one can get in or out. It is like a prison,” said Yasser, a shopkeeper.

“We cannot get bread anymore in Banias. Bread supplies were brought from (the city of) Tartus but that is not enough. The petrol stations are also closed,” he added. read more AFP

  • samsa1

    Well we definitely can’t be upset with Isreal when they do this to the Palestinians. Who needs the Isrealis we’ll just do it ourselves. Very proud to be an Arab these days….not!

  • samsa1

    Well we definitely can’t be upset with Isreal when they do this to the Palestinians. Who needs the Isrealis we’ll just do it ourselves. Very proud to be an Arab these days….not!

  • Anonymous

    Well we definitely can’t be upset with Isreal when they do this to the Palestinians. Who needs the Isrealis we’ll just do it ourselves. Very proud to be an Arab these days….not!

  • antar2011

    a true arab will never kill his own 3asha2er.

    these tyrants are not true arabs…they are zionist with an arab tongue.

    • Shut up. What this has to do with Zionism or Israel?

  • Anonymous

    a true arab will never kill his own 3asha2er.

    these tyrants are not true arabs…they are zionist with an arab tongue.

    • guss043

      what’s a true Arab? Arabic is a language and not a race !! all this talk doesn’t make sense , talk about civilization and not true Arab, other than Lebanon does any f country from Morroco to Iraq name one country that replace the president every -4 5 or 10 years, and the most funny is the king ,why we should have kings , especially this tye of king that have their dicks as priority.Syria has been ruled by the anamal family since 1970, this family plotted the Lebanese war , committed heinous crimes in Lebanon against civilians, in 1982 the Alawites entered homs girl schoold and raped 6 to 18 years old girls , there is mass graves in Lebanon to cover the Syrian crimes that some assholes like Nasrallah and Lahoud and Lebanese army intelligence know exactly where they are but they rather hide the truth in the fear of their position.
      Israel is the biggest supporter of the Alawites and I have no doubt that Israel is helping Bashar to stay in power soo is USA

      • Anonymous

        if you do not like to be associated with being arab that’s fine…no one is holding a grudge.

        as for the rest of your post i cannot agree with you more. you hit the nail on the head.

      • Cmon man. Why is Israel behind everything bad that happens in the middle east. Bashar has his dough from Iran,and pays Hizbullah and Hamas. Why in the world Israel will help him?
        But yes,I agree with everything said above that.

    • Shut up. What this has to do with Zionism or Israel?

      • Anonymous

        read my reply to beiruti…you will know.

    • Shut up. What this has to do with Zionism or Israel?

  • Anonymous

    a true arab will never kill his own 3asha2er.

    these tyrants are not true arabs…they are zionist with an arab tongue.

  • lebster

    I don’t see the Arab world complaining and holding emergency summits ???? Can anyone say double standards??!!!!!

    • antar2011

      euuuh

      the arab league is actually supporting Assad’s killings.

      that is nto only sickening but sadnening as well

      • Amine123

        Because they are cowards and useless, Obama is scared from the Saudi that is why he left Syria alone!!!!!!
        They will get their turn, they are simply still living in the 18th century

      • Amine123

        Because they are cowards and useless, Obama is scared from the Saudi that is why he left Syria alone!!!!!!
        They will get their turn, they are simply still living in the 18th century

  • lebster

    I don’t see the Arab world complaining and holding emergency summits ???? Can anyone say double standards??!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see the Arab world complaining and holding emergency summits ???? Can anyone say double standards??!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      euuuh

      the arab league is actually supporting Assad’s killings.

      that is nto only sickening but sadnening as well

      • Anonymous

        Because they are cowards and useless, Obama is scared from the Saudi that is why he left Syria alone!!!!!!
        They will get their turn, they are simply still living in the 18th century

  • josephphdman

    where is president obama??????????????
    the us should support democracy whereever it rises ;the us should be on the side of the people and the freedom seekers anywhere in the world because that is what the us stands for
    the greatest nation in the world should not sit still watching this evil regeme slaughtering their own unnarmed civilans ,including women and children;
    and students; president obama please go on national tv and send a warning to syria if they keep killing the protesters in cold blood this regeme need to step down ;this is the rgeme that holding 20 millions people in the cage against their will ,this regeme was never elected or chosen by the syrian people ;this regeme had hijacked the power and slaved 20 millions people; and had killed hundreds of thousand of innocent people for more than 40 years and had deprived them from any basic human rights that mankind deserve; the world and the united nations should stand witth democracy and support it any place it rises. so the syrian people ask god,help and president obama, help and the international community,it will be a shame for the civilized world to watch this evil kill his own innocent civilians and do nothing about it

  • Anonymous

    where is president obama??????????????
    the us should support democracy whereever it rises ;the us should be on the side of the people and the freedom seekers anywhere in the world because that is what the us stands for
    the greatest nation in the world should not sit still watching this evil regeme slaughtering their own unnarmed civilans ,including women and children;
    and students; president obama please go on national tv and send a warning to syria if they keep killing the protesters in cold blood this regeme need to step down ;this is the rgeme that holding 20 millions people in the cage against their will ,this regeme was never elected or chosen by the syrian people ;this regeme had hijacked the power and slaved 20 millions people; and had killed hundreds of thousand of innocent people for more than 40 years and had deprived them from any basic human rights that mankind deserve; the world and the united nations should stand witth democracy and support it any place it rises. so the syrian people ask god,help and president obama, help and the international community,it will be a shame for the civilized world to watch this evil kill his own innocent civilians and do nothing about it

  • Beiruti

    If you have noticed that in all these protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria.

    No one is shouting or holding sign saying Screw Israel, Screw Zionism. I dont support Israel and i hate Zionism but i think that all these younger generations are tired of their parents and everyone around them complaining about Israel. They know well Israel isn’t the reason why there is no employment in Yemen for example.

    • antar2011

      well said

      except i would change one word…they [younger generation] know well that israel is not THE ONLY reason why there is no employment in Yemen.

      if the zionist state was not comfortable with the tyrants in the arab world, the tyrants would have been changed long time ago.

    • antar2011

      well said

      except i would change one word…they [younger generation] know well that israel is not THE ONLY reason why there is no employment in Yemen.

      if the zionist state was not comfortable with the tyrants in the arab world, the tyrants would have been changed long time ago.

  • Anonymous

    If you have noticed that in all these protests in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria.

    No one is shouting or holding sign saying Screw Israel, Screw Zionism. I dont support Israel and i hate Zionism but i think that all these younger generations are tired of their parents and everyone around them complaining about Israel. They know well Israel isn’t the reason why there is no employment in Yemen for example.

    • Anonymous

      well said

      except i would change one word…they [younger generation] know well that israel is not THE ONLY reason why there is no employment in Yemen.

      if the zionist state was not comfortable with the tyrants in the arab world, the tyrants would have been changed long time ago.