Syria bars “Freedom Convoy” from delivering aid

Organizers say Syrian authorities have barred hundreds of activists from crossing into the country to deliver aid to victims of the Syrian regime’s deadly crackdown on anti-government dissidents.

About 200 activists, mostly Syrians traveling from countries that include Bulgaria, the Netherlands, France, and the United States, gathered on the Turkish side of the border Thursday to protest the violence and deliver truckloads of food, medical aid and other supplies.

Bilal Dalati, a spokesman for the Freedom Convoy group, said Syrian authorities would not allow the convoy nor the aid in.

The United Nations estimates more than 5,000 people have died since March in Syria’s crackdown.

Turkish criticism

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised Syria’s crackdown on protests, calling on former ally Assad to step down and slapping sanctions on Damascus.

Turkey, which shares a 900km long border with Syria, is hosting several thousand refugees, including members of the rebel Syrian Free Army, at camps, while the opposition Syrian National Council meets regularly in Istanbul.

Convoy member Samir Jisri, a 35-year-old computer graphics teacher from Toronto, said he wanted to return to the country he left as an infant.

“The Syrian revolution is an orphaned revolution because nobody is sticking up for it, not even the Arab League. The last hope we have is Turkey.”

Moayad Skaif, a 30-year-old Syrian journalist from Qatar, who was on one of the coaches, said: “We want to go to Syria to show to the whole world what is happening in Syria. Assad does not want the truth to come out.”

AP, Al Jazeera

  • antar2011

    Assad and his criminals are becoming worse then the zionists to the palestinains….el 3ama bi albon….

    • persepoliswarrior

      your comment is silly. Comparing an Arab dictator to a Jewish nationalist movement?  lol  Do you even know what a Zionist is?  typical unintelligent Sunni Arab brainwashed with hate and misinformation….

      •  That my friend is called the institutionalized knee jerk reaction.

        • dabshaleem

          yu no irani you blowe musssica

      • antar2011

        shut up u zionist…

        sometimes dab’s comments are helpful..

        u zionist mee kill your sister…shit

        • persepoliswarrior

          oooooooo I am so offended. you called me a Zionist….uh oh.  somebody get me a tissue before I cry.   Get enlightened and stop barking Zionist like an unintelligent fool.  Ignorant, naive, hateful people like yourself can never just have a civilized conversation.  Whenever somebody disagrees with you, they are automatically a Zionist.  By the way you blame Zionists for everything, you sound a lot like my Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameini.  Are you two friends by any chance??  same village? lol  I sure hope not!

          Here’s a little history lesson that might help you out. 

           Zionism is the word used for Jewish nationalism.  Yes, your Semitic cousins actually do have right to live in their ancestral homeland whether you racist Arabs like it or not.  Inventing nationalities (Palestinians)  as a way to eradicate them will not make them just disappear. Arab nationalism could have easily accommodated Zionism in the early part of the 20th century.  But it didn’t because of Arab SUPREMACY in the region and the belief Jews are inferior and have no right to live in their ancestral homeland after centuries of persecution across the world, including in Sunni Muslim Arab countries.  If the Arab world had embraced the idea of a Jewish homeland in the middle of Arab states, there would be no conflict today.  Had the Arab people followed the approach of Faisal I of Iraq in Faisal-Weizmann agreement, the Levant  would be a thriving, prosperous region within the Middle East with a diverse framework of people. Look at the accomplishments of Israel in all the fields of science, medicine, chemistry, technology, etc.  They made a barren land into a gem.  But no Arab nationalism never accepted them! Too many Sunni Muslim Arabs (both secularists like Nasser and religious extremists like Salafists and Hamas) want control over everything in the Middle East.  They want all the power and will not allow any minority to come in their way whether it be Shias, Maronites, Kurds, Berbers, Jews, Alawites etc.  Why do you think so many Lebanese Shias support Hezbollah?  I don’t buy the resistance against the “Zionist aggression” card.  I think the real reason is because it is the first time in Lebanese history that Shias have some sort of big influence on Lebanon because people fear their power and capabilities. Nobody can push them now to the bottom of society. Giving up their weapons would be giving up a huge chunk of their power.  For so many years, they were the viewed as the hillbillies of Lebanon, a bunch of illiterate farmers.  But now, people fear their growing political influence and ascendancy to domination in the country. Lebanese Shias like this power their sect possesses.  Unfortunately, they are not using their power to make Lebanon a better place.  Instead, their political parties are using this power and influence to serve the interests of the brutal Khameini regime and Assad. I do not condone any of this and believe the Lebanese Shia Muslim community are digging a big hole for themselves in the future. They need to respect the Lebanese constitution.  All arms should be in possession of the state, not militant, terrorist groups.  I hope the Lebanese Shia Muslims get their act together because they are giving us all a bad name.  They are making us an easy scapegoat for the Sunnis to blame.  

          Please do not take too much offense by my comments.  I am sure you are really nice person but just a little misinformed. I’ve seen your posts before and I can see you are anti-Khameini which I like!! So am I! I sympathise with the Sunni Lebanese, especially with what happened to West Beirut in May 2008.  But I also hope more Sunni Muslim Arabs wake up to the lies they are being fed by their propaganda media.  I know plenty of Sunnis who have overcome the obstacles of their distorted history books and extremely biased media.  We have Sunni Muslim population in Iran and they are GREAT people.  They are some of the regime’s biggest opponents and they are proud Iranians just as I am.  We are all one people!  

        • 5thDrawer

          What the hell was all that about Peri-warrior? I think Antar was poking fun at Dab. We didn’t need the remedial history. 🙂

      • dabshaleem

        yu on sunni wahabi arab = zionist antar meanes strunge this antar is no strunge is cowarad 

        • persepoliswarrior

          Stop with your nonsense comments.  You are giving the good Shia Muslims a bad name.  By the way, learn some English.

        • antar2011

          yu on farsi mullah rafidi =zionist dab ur no spunge u cow ibn tor.

  • Anonymous

    Assad and his criminals are becoming worse then the zionists to the palestinains….el 3ama bi albon….

    • Anonymous

      your comment is silly. Comparing an Arab dictator to a Jewish nationalist movement?  lol  Do you even know what a Zionist is?  typical unintelligent Sunni Arab brainwashed with hate and misinformation….

      •  That my friend is called the institutionalized knee jerk reaction.

        • Anonymous

          yu no irani you blowe musssica

        • Anonymous

          yu no irani you blowe musssica

        • Anonymous

          yu no irani you blowe musssica

      • Anonymous

        shut up u zionist…

        sometimes dab’s comments are helpful..

        u zionist mee kill your sister…shit

        • Anonymous

          oooooooo I am so offended. you called me a Zionist….uh oh.  somebody get me a tissue before I cry.   Get enlightened and stop barking Zionist like an unintelligent fool.  Ignorant, naive, hateful people like yourself can never just have a civilized conversation.  Whenever somebody disagrees with you, they are automatically a Zionist.  By the way you blame Zionists for everything, you sound a lot like my Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameini.  Are you two friends by any chance??  same village? lol  I sure hope not!

          Here’s a little history lesson that might help you out. 

           Zionism is the word used for Jewish nationalism.  Yes, your Semitic cousins actually do have right to live in their ancestral homeland whether you racist Arabs like it or not.  Inventing nationalities (Palestinians)  as a way to eradicate them will not make them just disappear. Arab nationalism could have easily accommodated Zionism in the early part of the 20th century.  But it didn’t because of Arab SUPREMACY in the region and the belief Jews are inferior and have no right to live in their ancestral homeland after centuries of persecution across the world, including in Sunni Muslim Arab countries.  If the Arab world had embraced the idea of a Jewish homeland in the middle of Arab states, there would be no conflict today.  Had the Arab people followed the approach of Faisal I of Iraq in Faisal-Weizmann agreement, the Levant  would be a thriving, prosperous region within the Middle East with a diverse framework of people. Look at the accomplishments of Israel in all the fields of science, medicine, chemistry, technology, etc.  They made a barren land into a gem.  But no Arab nationalism never accepted them! Too many Sunni Muslim Arabs (both secularists like Nasser and religious extremists like Salafists and Hamas) want control over everything in the Middle East.  They want all the power and will not allow any minority to come in their way whether it be Shias, Maronites, Kurds, Berbers, Jews, Alawites etc.  Why do you think so many Lebanese Shias support Hezbollah?  I don’t buy the resistance against the “Zionist aggression” card.  I think the real reason is because it is the first time in Lebanese history that Shias have some sort of big influence on Lebanon because people fear their power and capabilities. Nobody can push them now to the bottom of society. Giving up their weapons would be giving up a huge chunk of their power.  For so many years, they were the viewed as the hillbillies of Lebanon, a bunch of illiterate farmers.  But now, people fear their growing political influence and ascendancy to domination in the country. Lebanese Shias like this power their sect possesses.  Unfortunately, they are not using their power to make Lebanon a better place.  Instead, their political parties are using this power and influence to serve the interests of the brutal Khameini regime and Assad. I do not condone any of this and believe the Lebanese Shia Muslim community are digging a big hole for themselves in the future. They need to respect the Lebanese constitution.  All arms should be in possession of the state, not militant, terrorist groups.  I hope the Lebanese Shia Muslims get their act together because they are giving us all a bad name.  They are making us an easy scapegoat for the Sunnis to blame.  

          Please do not take too much offense by my comments.  I am sure you are really nice person but just a little misinformed. I’ve seen your posts before and I can see you are anti-Khameini which I like!! So am I! I sympathise with the Sunni Lebanese, especially with what happened to West Beirut in May 2008.  But I also hope more Sunni Muslim Arabs wake up to the lies they are being fed by their propaganda media.  I know plenty of Sunnis who have overcome the obstacles of their distorted history books and extremely biased media.  We have Sunni Muslim population in Iran and they are GREAT people.  They are some of the regime’s biggest opponents and they are proud Iranians just as I am.  We are all one people!  

        • Anonymous

          What the hell was all that about Peri-warrior? I think Antar was poking fun at Dab. We didn’t need the remedial history. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        yu on sunni wahabi arab = zionist antar meanes strunge this antar is no strunge is cowarad 

      • Anonymous

        yu on sunni wahabi arab = zionist antar meanes strunge this antar is no strunge is cowarad 

      • Anonymous

        yu on sunni wahabi arab = zionist antar meanes strunge this antar is no strunge is cowarad 

        • Anonymous

          Stop with your nonsense comments.  You are giving the good Shia Muslims a bad name.  By the way, learn some English.

        • Anonymous

          yu on farsi mullah rafidi =zionist dab ur no spunge u cow ibn tor.

  • Isn’t that nice lets block the humanitarian aid, but let the 5 trucks through, along with the cargo ship full of weapons and ammunition from Iran.

    •  I correct myself, they have stopped the trucks, but the ship full of ammunition made it to port:(

      • dabshaleem

        yu knwo nothinge syi=food

  • Isn’t that nice lets block the humanitarian aid, but let the 5 trucks through, along with the cargo ship full of weapons and ammunition from Iran.

    •  I correct myself, they have stopped the trucks, but the ship full of ammunition made it to port:(

      • Anonymous

        yu knwo nothinge syi=food

  • antar2011

    @persepoliswarrior:disqus 

    *yawn*

  • Anonymous

    @persepoliswarrior:disqus 

    *yawn*