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January 15, 2013

Dual explosions strike university in Aleppo, Syria

  • 82+ people killed by two explosions, just minutes apart, that struck Aleppo University in Syria today. Accounts from both opposition and government sources indicate at least the above number were killed, many of whom had been on campus attending mid-term exams. It is yet unclear which side of the ongoing civil war was responsible for the blasts — opposition and government forces share roughly half-control of Aleppo, with the opposition in control in the east versus the government in the west, the university included. source
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June 29, 2012

The worst day yet? Syrian civilians killed in attacks, activists say

  • 190 estimated death toll in Syria yesterday; a deadly day source

» Possibly the deadliest day since the Syrian uprising began: Approximately 10,000 civilians have been killed since protests against the Assad regime began in March 2011, according to the U.N. — though these numbers are tough to verify independently because Assad’s government has made it difficult for journalists to report freely.

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11:01 // 2 years ago
June 26, 2012

High death toll in Syria as Assad speaks of “state of war”

  • 113 killed in Syria today, as Assad calls conflict “real war” source

» Speaking to members of his cabinet today, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the following: “We are in a state of real war, in every aspect of the words, and when we’re in a state of war, all of our politics has to be concentrated on winning this war.” His remarks coincided, whether deliberately or not, with a highly bloody day for Syria, according to opposition activists. Additionally, the UN Security Council met today for briefing on the monitor mission in Syria, which will continue to be suspended due to the dire state of security.

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20:49 // 2 years ago
April 7, 2012

Death toll in Syria soars prior to Annan ceasefire deal

  • 100+ Syrians killed today, in advance of ceasefire source

» The reports are unverified, to be clear. Which means we suppose the number could be a bit higher, or a bit lower. That can feel like a coldly academic way to examine this, we admit, considering how many people have already died during the last year of upheaval in Syria; the UN estimates that 9,000 Syrians have died since March 2011. This surge in killings (and shelling against the city of Hama, in particular) is what many observers feared regarding the Assad government’s agreement to accept a peace deal orchestrated by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan – with a set deadline for ending the violence in sight, it can be used as a license to step up the bloodshed until the date requiring a full ceasefire, April 12th.

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15:03 // 2 years ago
February 28, 2012

UN’s estimate of Syrian death toll increases with recent surge in killing

  • 7,500 killed in Syria since last March, UN says source

» “Indiscriminant bombardment by tank and rocket fire”: Those were the words of the UN’s undersecretary general for political affairs, Lynn Pascoe. The killing in Syria has reached something of a fever pitch in past months, with the bombardment of Homs in particular leading to grim headlines, and truly ghastly footage. The UN currently estimates that over 100 people per day are being killed by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces. Said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Assad as a war criminal: “I think that based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category.”

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15:31 // 2 years ago
February 15, 2012
Syria’s Assad sets date for constitutional referendum
A plan for reform, or a play to credulity? Considering the Arab League deal Syria accepted then ignored, the complete lack of efficacy of the peace monitors they allowed the AL to send in, and the recent surge of violence (even in relative terms), it’s hard not to assume the latter. Bashar al-Assad has, nonetheless, set a date for a constitutional referendum, ostensibly for Syrians to approve a democratic system, and presidential term limits (of two, seven-year terms). The vote is scheduled for February 26th, but it begs the question; who would vote in an election if the integrity of it relies on Assad’s word alone? It would also force dissenters to publicly congregate at a place of the government’s choosing; not a welcome idea, we suspect. source
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A plan for reform, or a play to credulity? Considering the Arab League deal Syria accepted then ignored, the complete lack of efficacy of the peace monitors they allowed the AL to send in, and the recent surge of violence (even in relative terms), it’s hard not to assume the latter. Bashar al-Assad has, nonetheless, set a date for a constitutional referendum, ostensibly for Syrians to approve a democratic system, and presidential term limits (of two, seven-year terms). The vote is scheduled for February 26th, but it begs the question; who would vote in an election if the integrity of it relies on Assad’s word alone? It would also force dissenters to publicly congregate at a place of the government’s choosing; not a welcome idea, we suspect. source

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20:39 // 2 years ago