Wednesday 13 December 2017

Syrians brave bullets to taunt president

Ben Farmer in Jerusalem

THOUSANDS of anti-government protesters again braved gunfire from security forces yesterday as they taunted the Syrian president, saying he would share the same fate as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Syrians took to the streets after Bashar al-Assad made a television address repeating promises of reform and parliamentary elections in February next year.

Syrian security forces opened fire in the central city of Homs, which has been a hotbed of dissent against the president.

The United Nations increased pressure on the regime, saying that its brutal repression of a five-month uprising had so far killed 2,200.

Britain, America and France are reportedly preparing to ask the UN Security Council to freeze Assad's foreign financial assets.

The measure would bar foreign travel by the president and other leaders, as well as an arms embargo on Syria. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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