US: Syrian actions in Deraa are ‘barbaric’

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The U.S. State Department on Tuesday described as barbaric Syria’s reported use of tanks, arbitrary arrests and cuts in power and communications in the city of Deraa, where anti-government protests erupted six weeks ago.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose family has ruled the country for 41 years, is pursuing a violent crackdown to quash six weeks of protests that began with demands for greater freedoms but now seek his overthrow.

Last week Assad sent tanks and soldiers into the southern city of Deraa, where the uprising broke out on March 18. Syrian rights groups say more than 560 civilians have been killed by security forces since the start of the unrest.

“We are very disturbed about recent reports, credible reports, of a Syrian military operation in Deraa that includes the use of tanks,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily briefing.

The spokesman said the U.S. had also seen reports of Syria carrying out “a widespread campaign of arbitrary arrests that target young men in Deraa” and that the government had cut off electricity, communications and other public services.

“These are, quite frankly, barbaric measures and they amount to the collective punishment of innocent civilians,” Toner said, describing the humanitarian situation in Deraa as “quite grave.”

Reuters

Photo: A poster of Syrian president Bashar al Assad released by Syrian Revolution Facebook group that reads: You will drown in the blood of the of the innocent people you contributed to their killing

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9 responses to “US: Syrian actions in Deraa are ‘barbaric’”

  1. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    Why are the Syrians so surprised? That regime brutalized Lebanon more than that. EXCEPT that we kicked their collective ass out of Lebanon and they ran like dogs when they tried to besiege us… moo heyk akhiiii? lol

  2. Why are the Syrians so surprised? That regime brutalized Lebanon more than that. EXCEPT that we kicked their collective ass out of Lebanon and they ran like dogs when they tried to besiege us… moo heyk akhiiii? lol

  3. lebnaneh Avatar
    lebnaneh

    good morning us just now you relaise that the syrian regine are barbaric did u not see the piture during the syrian invasion of lebanon did u not see the misery the syrian created in lebanon did u not see the disable people left behine becouse of the barbaric syrian of course you see what u wanna see sod you and sod your reporters us

  4. lebnaneh Avatar
    lebnaneh

    good morning us just now you relaise that the syrian regine are barbaric did u not see the piture during the syrian invasion of lebanon did u not see the misery the syrian created in lebanon did u not see the disable people left behine becouse of the barbaric syrian of course you see what u wanna see sod you and sod your reporters us

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    Anonymous

    good morning us just now you relaise that the syrian regine are barbaric did u not see the piture during the syrian invasion of lebanon did u not see the misery the syrian created in lebanon did u not see the disable people left behine becouse of the barbaric syrian of course you see what u wanna see sod you and sod your reporters us

  6. antar2011 Avatar
    antar2011

    the US politicians should be the last pple talking about barbarism…

    not that i disagree with whomever said Syria’s actions are barbaric.

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    Anonymous

    the US politicians should be the last pple talking about barbarism…

    not that i disagree with whomever said Syria’s actions are barbaric.

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