Lebanon and Turkey slam Syria violence

Mideast Lebanon TurkeyTurkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed his country will not remain silent over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “crimes”.

“Every day a large number of innocent children and women fall dead in Syria,” Erdogan, a key backer of Syria’s opposition, said in a speech in the United Arab Emirates.

“We will not remain silent on those committing crimes against their people… We will not remain silent on the brutal dictator in Syria,” Erdogan added.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman also spoke out and demanded Syria “refrain from firing towards Lebanese territory.”

He stressed on the need to “respect the neutral position of [Lebanon] which means not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, notably Syria.”

Erdogan and Suleiman’s remarks came after fierce fighting erupted overnight on the Syria-Lebanon border. Syrian troops and unknown gunmen engaged in battles that resulted in the death of a Lebanese man. Four were also wounded according to a Lebanese security source.

Turkey’s southern neighbor has been locked in a 23-month-long conflict in which the United Nations estimates over 70,000 people have been killed.

Ongoing violence

On the ground, hostilities continued in several flashpoints on Sunday, a day after at least 110 people were killed, according to the Observatory.

In northern Syria, rebels closed in on a police academy in the town of Khan al-Assal in the province of Aleppo, as warplanes bombarded their positions there, the watchdog said.

“Should they take the academy building, the whole of northern Aleppo province will fall out of regime control,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

The rebels already have under their control large swathes of northern Syria, chiefly in Idlib province to the northwest, and Raqa and Hasake east of Aleppo.

Al Arabiya

  • AntiFSA01

    Scream as much as you want, Assad is going nowhere because the hand you have played has failed.
    This clown has gotten his country into a conflict which will cause more innocent lives to be lost. His alliance with the west will be the cause of his demise. All of this so he can be part of Europe. They will never accept him. May God have mercy on the Innocent as they will pay the ultimate price because of stupidity by fools like Erdogan

    • 5thDrawer

      So .. you are Anti-Turk too ?

      • AntiFSA01

        No 5th, I don’t dislike Turkish people. Only the wanker who rules them. Hope that’s Ok with you.

        • 5thDrawer

          Doesn’t bother me … just figured if you are against all FSA, then …

  • AntiFSA01

    Scream as much as you want, Assad is going nowhere because the hand you have played has failed.
    This clown has gotten his country into a conflict which will cause more innocent lives to be lost. His alliance with the west will be the cause of his demise. All of this so he can be part of Europe. They will never accept him. May God have mercy on the Innocent as they will pay the ultimate price because of stupidity by fools like Erdogan

    • 5thDrawer

      So .. you are Anti-Turk too ?

      • AntiFSA01

        No 5th, I don’t dislike Turkish people. Only the wanker who rules them. Hope that’s Ok with you.

        • 5thDrawer

          Doesn’t bother me … just figured if you are against all FSA, then …

  • AntiFSA01

    Scream as much as you want, Assad is going nowhere because the hand you have played has failed.
    This clown has gotten his country into a conflict which will cause more innocent lives to be lost. His alliance with the west will be the cause of his demise. All of this so he can be part of Europe. They will never accept him. May God have mercy on the Innocent as they will pay the ultimate price because of stupidity by fools like Erdogan

    • 5thDrawer

      So .. you are Anti-Turk too ?

      • AntiFSA01

        No 5th, I don’t dislike Turkish people. Only the wanker who rules them. Hope that’s Ok with you.

        • 5thDrawer

          Doesn’t bother me … just figured if you are against all FSA, then …