BEIRUT – The Syrian security forces intervened in the towns of Saramine (north) on Monday morning, Hit and Rastan (center) to suppress the protest against the regime of Bashar Assad, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, rights and local coordinating committees.
According to Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and local activists in Saramine, the raid Syrian forces left at least one dead and 20 wounded. Syrian forces were conducting numerous arrests, building by building, door to door.
In Rastan (center), surrounded by the forces of the regime, fed machine gun fire was reported at the southern entrance of the city. The local coordinating committees have indicated that the inhabitants had fled the town for fear of an attack. Rastan, located on the main highway to Turkey was the scene of large demonstrations against the regime in Damascus since the beginning of the uprising in March.
Activists for Human Rights also reported a military intervention in Hit, in central Syria near the Lebanese border. Moreover, according to the coordinating committees, three people were killed in eastern countries, al-Boukamal near the Iraqi border, during raids by security forces, who tracked down opponents in the city.
The advocacy organization Human Rights estimates that more than 2000 people, mostly civilians, were killed by security forces since the start of the challenge.
Bashar al-Assad remains deaf to appeals, convictions and sanctions from the international community. He launched reforms that the opposition considers meaningless, since the regime repressed in the blood of peaceful protests for freedom and democracy.
Sunday night, in his address Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has launched a warning to the Syrian regime. “The only solution is to immediately silenced weapons and listen to the demands of the population,” he said.
“The demand for democracy and justice is just a requirement on the part of the population. In today’s world, there is no room for the rule of one man, for the autocratic and isolated communities, “added Erdogan.