Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Syrians fleeing to Lebanon 'feared slaughter' in Assad backlash

Up to 2,000 people have fled to Lebanon over last two days as Assad's forces hunt down opponents in Homs

guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 March 2012

"Syrian refugees fleeing to neighbouring Lebanon on Monday said they feared they would be slaughtered in their own homes as government forces hunted down opponents in a brutal offensive against the opposition stronghold of Homs.

Activists accused the regime of trying to hide its crimes from the world as the military cracks down on an anti-government uprising that has raged for nearly a year.

With world pressure at a peak, the Syrian regime agreed to allow in two prominent international emissaries it had previously rebuffed – former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, the new special envoy to Syria, and UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos. Annan will go to Damascus on Saturday and Amos said she will arrive in the capital on Wednesday and leave on Friday....."

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