Tension in Syria Only Increases

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By George Hopkin on 8.2.2024

Tension in Syria Only Increases

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The conflict in Syria has been escalating for months, with representatives from the Arab League observing at first-hand the situation in the country just weeks ago. But with the government bombing of the western city of Homs and several other locations in the country including: Idlib, Aleppo, and Zabadani, the tension has increased.

The regime within Syria, led by autocrat Bashar al-Assad, is now resorting to the bombardment of its domestic cities in order to keep order in the country. This forceful reaction has led to a state of increasing anxiety and nerve in the Middle-East.

There is now a real danger of out-and-out civil war – if there is not one that has been released already. This civil war, as seen in last year’s Libyan reformation, may mean that many people will suffer for the power games of the few.

Last year saw Egyptian democrats overrule the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, and Libyan dictator-turned-pariah Muammar Gaddafi seized by Nato and Libyan independence forces. A number of stern threats were also sent out across several other African and Middle-Eastern countries including Bahrain and Yemen. Now it is Syria that seems to be the latest focal point in the revolutionary crisis.

It is estimated that thousands of ex-national army soldiers have joined the cause for freedom and have formed a Free Syrian Army. But they are under-armed and understaffed in comparison to the national Syrian army, and are said to use foreign-backed resources and weapons (including Kalashnikovs) in their stand against the superior government forces that include armoured vehicles and violent rocket technology.

With the pressure increasing, other world nations, organisations, and neighbouring states are being to acknowledge the problem. On Saturday, Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the governmental crackdown of the liberty-dreaming citizens, and in turn have distanced the prospect of international military aid being given.

Syrians reformers, and revolutionary sympathisers, seem to view the act of veto as quasi-permission for the onslaught of resistant citizens, whereas the two major nations proclaim that they simply do not wish to take sides or act without sufficient and accurate information.

The Syrian National Council itself has spoken out against the decisions of China and Russia, declaring the nations as ‘responsible for the escalating acts of killing’ in the country. The organisation is calling for support from other world nations, and views the veto as a delay that could be catastrophic for freedom-seeking citizens.

The Syrian National Council is now calling for aid. Humanitarian sources have reported that it could be that over 7,000 Syrian people have been killed since March of last year. Now even homes, hospitals, and civilian locations are being barraged.

Al-Assad and the establishment of Syria suggest that terrorist groups are bombing Homs, and over 2,000 of his own forces have been killed fighting against armed gangs and extremists who wish to radicalise the country. This comes from state-controlled media; converse reports are written by foreign correspondents that have themselves witnessed the catastrophes of Syria.

Obama has called for a ‘Friends of Syria’ humanitarian aid group to be set-up, but commentators question its significance. Hague has condemned the ‘unimaginable’ extent of the ‘human suffering’ in Syria, that seemingly includes widespread ‘imprisonment, torture, and sexual violence’.



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