Thursday, September 22, 2011
Further Crackdown in Syria
It has been reported today that the Syrian military has maintained its military crackdown against the opponents of President Assad. Five deaths have been reported in Homs, whilst there has been one death in both Hama and Rastan. One activist group, the Local Coordination Committee, has announced that students have been facing the brunt of the heavy security presence in Damascus; a girl’s school in Damascus was raided by security forces whilst dozens of students in the southern town of Jassem were rounded up following a demonstration. Also on Tuesday, Syrian state media has announced that “armed terrorist groups” have killed five security personnel and wounded 17 others in an ambush on a military convoy in Daraa province.
Exact casualty figures are difficult to determine due to the expulsion of foreign journalists from Syria by the government.