At least 18 killed by Syrian security forces on Saturday

Syrian security forces have killed at least 18 civilians on Saturday, nearly all in the central region of Homs, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a coalition of dozens opposition groups-reported.

Observatory for Human Rights earlier reported that 12 civilians were killed in Qusseir during search operations for people wanted by the army and security forces in this locality.

Security forces shot and killed another person in the nearby city of Hama, it added, according to AFP.

In addition, the bodies of two people who had gone missing in recent days were handed over to their families by the Syrian authorities, while another died of wounds suffered on Friday.

Nine people were killed by security forces during anti-regime protests in the Homs area on Friday, the Britain-based Observatory reported.

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva has said the death toll from the crackdown on dissent since March 15 has risen to more than 2,700.

Meanwhile, France’s ambassador said he was attacked on Saturday by a crowd throwing stones and eggs at him after he met with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignace IV in the Syrian capital.

“The Shabiha (a pro-regime militia), some of whom had metal bars in their hands, and women threw eggs and stones in my direction and in the direction of my team, and looked threateningly at us while we were returning to our two cars,” Eric Chevallier told AFP.

Saturday’s crackdown came as new sanctions against Syria come into effect and as Turkey said it had intercepted an arms shipment at sea destined for the protest-wracked country after another day of deadly demonstrations.

Both the European Union and Switzerland have targeted Syria’s oil sector in new sanctions that bite from Saturday, with the EU banning new investments there and also prohibiting the delivery of bank notes to Syria’s central bank.

The EU has also added two individuals and six companies to a list of people and entities facing an assets freeze and travel ban.

The new measures are the seventh set of EU sanctions imposed to punish the regime of President Bashar al-Assad for its relentless crackdown on dissent that erupted in mid March.

Photo: The torture by Syrian government forces of a “martyr” named Louai al-Amer in al-Hula in the Syrian flashpoint province of Homs, according to opposition activists. (Photo by AFP)

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  • Patience2

    Where ARE the ninja when you need them??  Cutting off six or seven of the top Al@@ui dogs at the top would be a good beginning for the ‘new’ Syria.

    • 5thDrawer

      Japan is having enough trouble with Mother Nature at the moment ….

    • Sebouh80

       My friend Patience 2,those Alawites  are your brethrens. Remember what Jesus said love your enemy.

      The mentality of hate and revenge will never solve anything it will only lead to further destruction.

      • Patience2

        Then some of my brothers are BAAAAAAAD Boys!! You know, there is the notion of being irredeemably evil, I wonder if Bashar qualifies??

        • jesus spoke of the seperating work of wheat from weed and also seperating the  sheep from the goat,  the illustration applied to peoples heart condiion, some of the worst people historically changed their ways and repented to become great  examples.
          it is not written on the forehead what kind of person you are but your fruit is a good indication as to what kind of tree you are.
           i agree with sebouh that we should keep the door open and remember that jesus blood was spilled on behalf of every human ever born, by setting a good christian example we help at least 2 people.
          being kind to only your friends and your kind does not qualify as a christ like person. jesus did not come to help perrfect boys but was very much in the business of changing baaaad boys (like me lol) as far as bashar goes he is going to heaven , i just hope he leaves by tomorrow,,,lol

        • jesus spoke of the seperating work of wheat from weed and also seperating the  sheep from the goat,  the illustration applied to peoples heart condiion, some of the worst people historically changed their ways and repented to become great  examples.
          it is not written on the forehead what kind of person you are but your fruit is a good indication as to what kind of tree you are.
           i agree with sebouh that we should keep the door open and remember that jesus blood was spilled on behalf of every human ever born, by setting a good christian example we help at least 2 people.
          being kind to only your friends and your kind does not qualify as a christ like person. jesus did not come to help perrfect boys but was very much in the business of changing baaaad boys (like me lol) as far as bashar goes he is going to heaven , i just hope he leaves by tomorrow,,,lol

  • Patience2

    Where ARE the ninja when you need them??  Cutting off six or seven of the top Al@@ui dogs at the top would be a good beginning for the ‘new’ Syria.

    • 5thDrawer

      Japan is having enough trouble with Mother Nature at the moment ….

    • Sebouh80

       My friend Patience 2,those Alawites  are your brethrens. Remember what Jesus said love your enemy.

      The mentality of hate and revenge will never solve anything it will only lead to further destruction.

  • Anonymous

    Where ARE the ninja when you need them??  Cutting off six or seven of the top Al@@ui dogs at the top would be a good beginning for the ‘new’ Syria.

    • Anonymous

      Japan is having enough trouble with Mother Nature at the moment ….

    • Anonymous

       My friend Patience 2,those Alawites  are your brethrens. Remember what Jesus said love your enemy.

      The mentality of hate and revenge will never solve anything it will only lead to further destruction.

      • Anonymous

        Then some of my brothers are BAAAAAAAD Boys!!

        • jesus spoke of the seperating work of wheat from weed and also seperating the  sheep from the goat,  the illustration applied to peoples heart condiion, some of the worst people historically changed their ways and repented to become great  examples.
          it is not written on the forehead what kind of person you are but your fruit is a good indication as to what kind of tree you are.
           i agree with sebouh that we should keep the door open and remember that jesus blood was spilled on behalf of every human ever born, by setting a good christian example we help at least 2 people.
          being kind to only your friends and your kind does not qualify as a christ like person. jesus did not come to help perrfect boys but was very much in the business of changing baaaad boys (like me lol) as far as bashar goes he is going to heaven , i just hope he leaves by tomorrow,,,lol

  • Fauzia45

    To brutally kill your own people!!!I To step on them ,drag them and shoot them??!!Is this what they train you for?

  • Anonymous

    To brutally kill your own people!!!I To step on them ,drag them and shoot them??!!Is this what they train you for?

  • 5thDrawer

    The Shabiha – Syrian slang for their ‘Mafia’ – often working for Assad, but usually for themselves – in the way any Mafia does to line their own pockets. Nothing to do with any religion … doubtful even the army could control them if they wanted to … similar to Mexico gangs creating fear and terror.

  • 5thDrawer

    The Shabiha – Syrian slang for their ‘Mafia’ – often working for Assad, but usually for themselves – in the way any Mafia does to line their own pockets. Nothing to do with any religion … doubtful even the army could control them if they wanted to … similar to Mexico gangs creating fear and terror.

  • Anonymous

    The Shabiha – Syrian slang for their ‘Mafia’ – often working for Assad, but usually for themselves – in the way any Mafia does to line their own pockets. Nothing to do with any religion … doubtful even the army could control them if they wanted to … similar to Mexico gangs creating fear and terror.