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Syria massacres protesters despite calls for peace

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Syria massacres protesters despite calls for peace

Jorge Hernandez July 14, 2011

Syria is one country that has fallen off the media radar in recent weeks – largely thanks to a string of more domestic events such as the Casey Anthony trial and the debt ceiling limit. The country has been the source of protests for months now, despite brutal repression tactics by President Bashar al-Assad's security forces. 

There have been reports of intermittent killings each day. Yesterday, armed forces swept through the region of Jabal al-Zawiya and killed four in the process, according to Voices of America. The site, located near the Turkish border, was the location of another three causalities earlier this month. Thus far, Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby has dismissed criticism of the reports as "foreign interference."

Still, it's hard to ignore how many victims of violence are seeking shelter in other nations. More than 10,000 have fled to Turkey and the three refugee camps along the borders of the two countries are now full. To accommodate the ever-increasing number of refugees, Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutgolu is trying to launch an initiate that could help Syrans who can't make the journey or fit into the camps, according to a separate article from Voices of America.

Syrians aren't the only ones searching for haven elsewhere. Iraqi refugees who originally fled Iraq and moved to Syria are desperately trying to go back home due to the rising violence, according to The Associated Free Press.

"There were protests, they burned public buildings, posters of Bashar al-Assad – and there have been arrests – the situation was untenable," Iraqi Seif Rashid explained to the publication, touching on the beginning of the March uprisings. "So, we took our bags and left again. 


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