Syria’s Tuesday Death Toll More Than 100

February 21, 2012  

More than 100 people have been killed in Syria since Tuesday morning, the Al-Arabiya network reported, citing members of the opposition.

According to the opposition, 1,237 people have been killed in Syria in the last three weeks alone, and 18,000 were arrested by President Bashar Assad’s security forces.

Opposition sources reported that among those killed in the city of Homs were three children and one woman. In addition to the neighborhood of Baba Amr, security forces also shelled the neighborhoods of Khalidiya and Karam al-Zeitoun, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has called on the Syrian regime and the opposition to declare an immediate ceasefire to be held for at least two hours every day, in order to allow humanitarian aid workers to help civilians who have been affected by the violence across the country.

On Monday it was reported that the Red Cross was in negotiations with the two sides in order to achieve the daily ceasefire.

It was also reported on Monday that thousands of soldiers, tanks and armored vehicles were deployed in recent days in the center of Homs, fearing that regime opponents will try to ignite the streets.

Two senior members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee have urged international cooperation to help supply anti-Assad rebels with weapons and other aid.

Both Arizona Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, however, stopped short of endorsing direct U.S. intervention as Syrian tanks and reinforcement roll towards Homs.

“The United States doesn’t have to directly ship weapons to the opposition, but there are a whole lot of things that can be done” through groups such as the Arab League, McCain told reporters on Monday.

Photos below by Reuters


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