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Syria on Wednesday released 912 prisoners, while the country's embattled leadership continued with a deadly crackdown on dissent, despite a flood of fresh sanctions. The government said the released people were involved in the "latest events" but were not linked to what it alleged were "murders" stemming from the opposition uprising and state crackdown. Activists said new clashes in the flashpoint Daraa province killed at least six civilians and seven Syrian troops Wednesday as security forces pushed into the area.
By Douglas Hamilton BEIRUT | Thu Dec 1, 2011 1:42am IST BEIRUT (Reuters) - Seven Syrian soldiers were killed by army renegades and six civilians were shot dead on Wednesday as regional pressure tightened on President Bashar al-Assad, with Turkey imposing tough economic sanctions.
Turkey has opted to impose step-by-step sanctions on Syria over its brutal crackdown on an eight-month uprising that has claimed thousands of lives as the Arab League endorsed a set of sanctions on Sunday to push the Syrian regime to stop its bloody clampdown. Turkey says it backs the Arab League decision to impose sanctions but officials said the sanctions that Ankara will impose could be different from those of the Arab League. Ankara has so far not delivered its own sanctions despite Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's promise in September that Turkey would press ahead with sanctions on the Syrian regime.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his country will deploy missiles to target the US missile shield, meant to protect NATO members in Europe, if Washington fails to assuage Moscow's concerns about its plans. NATO member Turkey has agreed to host a US radar system on its territory as part of the missile defense project while interceptor missiles are to be deployed in other NATO countries as well as at sea. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, speaking to reporters while returning from a visit to Cairo to attend an Arab League meeting on Syria on Sunday, said the radar to be deployed in Turkey was for defensive purposes only.
Rebel forces ambushed an army vehicle in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing three soldiers and capturing two others, Syrian human rights observers said. Syria's northern neighbour Turkey said it feared there could be an exodus of Syrians if the violence got worse, and that border states might have to create a buffer zone.
The Syrian foreign minister has said Syria remains loyal to the agreements it signed with Turkey concerning the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and that Syria's position against the PKK has not changed. Speaking at a press conference in Damascus on Monday, Walid al-Moallem said Syria is loyal to all the agreements it signed with Turkey relating to the PKK and that the Adana Agreement, which both Turkey and Syria signed on Oct. 20, 1998, is also still in force. Noting that Syria's stance against the PKK is clear, he said this stance has not changed even though Turkey's recent policies against the Syrian administration have “hurt” Syria.
Lebanon’s central bank governor, Riad Salameh, said funds from neighboring Syria haven’t been transferred to Lebanese banks and that the banks are capable of abiding by sanctions targeting Syrian assets, Al-Arabiya television reported. Neither the central bank nor the government of Syria has funds in Lebanese banks, Salameh told the Dubai-based channel, reiterating remarks he made in October.
The Admiral Kuznetsov, which will be accompanied by an anti-submarine destroyer and a fleet of smaller ships along with fighter jets and anti-ship helicopters, would be bringing forward a port visit intended for "training" from next spring, Russian media said.
The report, by the Independent International Commission on Syria, documents evidence that high-ranking officers across the country issued orders to shoot at civilian residences and unarmed protesters.
U.N. rebukes Turkey over return of Syrian refugees
Published time: November 23, 2011 11:54 Edited time: November 23, 2011 15:54
By Ezzedine Said
By Al Bawaba News -- (November 25, 2011)
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New York: A UN panel on Friday voiced deep concern about human rights violations in Syria, including the reported torture of children, as President Bashar Al Assad's government continues its crackdown against protesters.
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