Wednesday 17 January 2018

Forces kill 11 in Syria amid call to end fighting

Bassem Mrouue in Beirut

THE Syrian army shot dead 11 people in a western town near the Lebanese border yesterday and stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border.

The shooting in the town of Qusair also wounded many others, according to Syrian human rights and activists groups.

Anti-government protests are common in Qusair and, combined with the early-morning assault on the town of Saraqeb near the Turkish border, reflected the determination of President Bashar al-Assad to crush the five-month uprising, despite international condemnation.

The US imposed new sanctions on Wednesday, and foreign diplomats have rolled through Damascus urging Mr Assad to end a campaign of killing that rights groups say has left about 1,700 dead.

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu renewed his condemnation of the attacks on Wednesday, a day after meeting with Mr Assad.

Irish Independent

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