Mass grave found in southern Syria, as protests continue
by: SETF staff Abdlla Al Rifai
Washington, DC/Damascus – A mass grave was discovered in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, Syrian villagers pulled 13 bodies from a mass grave near the southern city of Deraa on Monday, residents told the Reuters news agency, as pro-demactacy protests continued in several cities.
Ambulances took away the corpses, whilst the army surrounded the area and dispersed residents.
The villagers said the military told them that the bodies will be later buried in the city cemetery, with one family member from each victim permitted to be present.
and the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian security forces besieged Daraa for over two weeks and killed hundreds of people according to Human rights groups, in a bid to quell protests. A military source have said they were ordered to use ‘any means necessary to crush’ the protesters.
Dozens of women also took to the street in the central city of Homs, carrying banners that read ‘Stop Violence.’ They were chanting ‘Peaceful, Peaceful’ and ‘Release All Those Detained’ as they marched down the street.
The army also besieged the western town of Madaya. Some 50 tanks entered the town, most of them were deployed in the main square.
Meanwhile exiled former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam said Monday “he would support international military air strikes against Syria”
In an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper Khaddam accused the international community of having double standards when dealing with Arab revolts. This shows his poor understanding of the democracy movmant in Syria and the other uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Even though he did say “The revolution in Syria is a youth revolution”, he neglected to say that the revolution belongs to the people and not the opposition parties in exile. Khaddam’s statement dosn’t reflect the youth’s struggle or aspirations for peaceful solutions merely his own agenda.
Khaddam, a Sunni Muslim, has held a senior position in the Alwaite-run Syrian regime since Bashar al-Assad’s father was in power.
When al-Assad took power after his father’s death in 2000, he reduced the influence of Khaddam, thus pushing the former vice president to resign in 2005 and leave the country to live in exile in Paris.