Gunfire Hama Syria
August 1, 2011 by staff
Gunfire Hama Syria, The Security Council should urge the UN to respond to the current repression in Syria to refer the situation to the ICC, Amnesty International said today, amid reports that security forces continued to bombard the city of Hama where dozens of people have died.
The Security Council is scheduled to meet today to discuss the ongoing violence through Syria, he saw two people killed in recent violence in Hama today, while at least 52 people, including four children, is believed to have died yesterday.
Elsewhere through Syria, people today took to the streets in mass protests against the recent killings. “The Syrian authorities have unleashed their deadliest assault yet on mainly peaceful demonstrators calling for reform,” said Philip Luther, deputy director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa.
“It is clear that President Bashar al-Assad is willing to end its security forces, so that the UN must act decisively to stop this violent campaign of repression.”
“This should at least include the imposition of an arms embargo, freezing of assets of President al-Assad and other officials allegedly responsible for crimes against humanity, and with reference to the fiscal situation of the ICC.”
Syrian troops had withdrawn from the city of Hama – a focal point of protests for reform in recent months – a month ago, but came roaring back in recent days.
Troops and tanks have tried to reenter the morning of the city early yesterday morning, attacking residential areas with shells and machine gun fire. Dozens killed as residents tried to stop the advancing troops and local people reported having to bury the dead in their neighborhoods.
In other parts of Syria, including the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, where heavy fire was reported yesterday, clashes with security forces left 11 people dead.
A human rights activist told Amnesty International that security personnel had also been killed or kidnapped, both Hama and Dayr al-Zor.
An employee of one of four hospitals Hama told Amnesty International that the facility had received 19 bodies since yesterday, including 18 civilians and one policeman. All had been shot in the head and chest.
The police, Mahmoud Abboud are reported to mediate between the protesters and the police station in the city when he was shot in the head and was taken to hospital by the protesters.
According to news agency SANA, “armed groups” in Hama and Dayr al-Zor shot dead six members of the army and security forces and attacked public and private property. The news agency also reported that Syrian President al-Assad praised the troops to “thwart the enemies of Syria” in the operations of the weekend, which coincided with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Amnesty International has received the names of more than 1,500 people believed to have died since the pro-reform protests began in mid-March. Many of them reported that the demonstrators and local residents shot live ammunition to security forces and the army.
Thousands have been detained following the protests, many held incommunicado and many reported being tortured or otherwise ill treated in custody, in some cases resulting in death. Based on its research, Amnesty International has concluded that crimes are crimes against humanity, as they seem to be part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population.
Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the Security Council of UN to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, as it did with the Libyan government in June, following the violent suppression of protests.
“It’s a long time that the Security Council of the UN to take concrete measures to end the bloody repression in Syria, which continues to claim many lives in the midst of peaceful protest,” said Philip Luther.
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