Syria Reinforcements Deployed, Despite Withdraw Promise
The Syrian regime sent military reinforcements Tuesday against the rebels despite his promise to immediately implement the peace plan of Kofi Annan, emissary of the Arab League and the UN to send Damascus a team to prepare an observer mission.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice warned that the Security Council United Nations should act "very quickly and force" if the Syrian regime does not fulfill its promises.
The violence claimed another 44 killed on Tuesday, including 31 civilians. The fighting was intense insurgent strongholds in the south, northwest and the province of Damascus.
According to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO, the regime sent troops to the province of Deraa (south), and Zabadani, near the capital. The army launched assaults also in Homs (center) and bombed the nearby town of Rastan.
This despite the fact that Damascus pledged to help the mission of the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger. He is visiting Syria to try to accelerate the delivery of aid to "vulnerable people" affected by violence.
Kellenberger said the Syrian Interior Minister his wish to access places of detention in Syria.
According to the militants, the humanitarian situation has worsened with the exactions of government forces against the population.
"As part of its policy of leaving the people hungry, assaulted the houses and destroy supplies stored in the villages," said Mahmoud Sayyed, a militant Deraa. "These forces come in bakeries and destroy the paste pulling into the street," he said, adding that "electricity is cut off 15 hours a day."
For its part, Amnesty International criticized the Syrian government "has not informed on how it intends to apply to other parts of the plan (Annan), including its commitment to accelerate (...) release of all detainees arbitrarily. "
The Annan plan calls for the cessation of violence by all parties under UN supervision, the distribution of humanitarian aid in areas affected by fighting, the release of those detained arbitrarily, and freedom of movement of the press in the country.
While the violence continues, a UN team will travel to Syria within 48 hours to prepare the deployment of observers should monitor the ceasefire announced by Kofi Annan's spokesman.
The spokesman said the mission will be led by General Robert Mood Norwegian.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad promised Annan to begin "immediately" a military withdrawal, and that would end on April 10, according to U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice.
The Syrian government had agreed in late March a peace plan drawn up by Annan, but conditioned that commitment to an immediate end to the violence attributed to rebel groups, which considers "terrorists."
Susan Rice told reporters on Monday that Annan's deputy, Nasser Al Qidwa, now endeavored to persuade the Syrian armed opposition to engage in "end their operations within 48 hours after a full cessation of hostilities by the government. "
However, representatives of rebel groups reported that they would lay down their weapons but only after the departure of tanks and military of cities.
Violence in Syria has claimed more than 10,000 dead, according to the OSDH.
Image captured from a video loaded on YouTube on April 3, 2012 showing a Syrian army tank Hamouriyah a street in the suburbs of Damascus. Syria deployed reinforcements on Tuesday to crush the rebellion in various parts of the country, despite the pledge made by the scheme to the UN to withdraw troops and tanks conflict areas until 10 April.
The president of the Syrian Red Crescent, Abdulrahman Attar (I), and the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, speaking to reporters after a meeting in Damascus on April 3, 2012. Kellenberger said the Syrian Interior Minister his wish to access places of detention in Syria.
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