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Unconfirmed reports from activist in the eight-month-old uprising of the people of Syria say that 50 people were killed in a violent ambush Monday, making it “the highest death toll on a single day in months,” according to a journalist from the New York Times.
Similar reports have been coming in from around the country this month and the United Nations estimate that more than 3.500 people have been killed by the regime so far. The clash on Monday happened in the southern province of Daraa where security forces were confronted by armed insurgence.
Human rights groups have warned that the regime is covering up its violent crackdown on dissidents and have failed to comply with the agreed peace plan. The situation is extremely pressing for President Bashar Assad as his long-time allies are turning their backs to the regime’s continuous crackdown on protesters.
Turkey and Iran have used firm rhetoric, advising Mr. Assad to step down. During talks at the weekends, the Arab League decided to suspend Syria’s membership in response to the regime’s inability to solve the political uprising.
This is a massive blow to the Syrian position in the Middle East but an interesting overall development to the sanction imposed on Syria by western communities — the European Union imposed more sanctions on individuals suspected of aiding the oppression of protesters, according to VoAnews.com.
On Tuesday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that his country has lost confidence in the Syrian regime and warned that the brutal crackdown will put Assad on the “list of leaders who ‘feed on blood’.”
A harsher remark came from King Abdullah, the monarch of Jordan, who has faced Arab Spring-fueled protests in his country as well. In an interview with the BBC, King Abdullah said: “If Bashar has the interest of the country, he would step down, but he would also create an ability to reach out and start a new phase of Syrian political life.”
Syria has responded to the Arab League step by denouncing it as a “dangerous step,” says VoAnews.com. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has also accused the country’s Arab opponents of “conspiring with the United States.”
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