Syrian security forces killed at least 20 protesters Friday despite promises by President Bashar Assad that the military operations against the 5-month-old uprising are over.
The killings, which came as thousands poured into the streets across Syria, suggest the autocratic leader is either unwilling to stop the violence – or not fully in control of his own regime.
Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, is facing the most serious international isolation of his rule. On Thursday, the United States and its European allies demanded he step down.
Military operations have subsided in the past few days, following a fresh crackdown on major flashpoint cities that started at the beginning of the month to root out anti-government protesters.
But persistent gunfire and shootings, along with Friday’s killings, underscore the difficulty of any kind of diplomatic pressure achieving results in the absence of any appetite for military intervention.
Human rights groups said Assad’s forces have killed nearly 2,000 people since the uprising erupted in mid-March. A high-level U.N. team recommended Thursday that the violence in Syria be referred to the International Criminal Court over possible crimes against humanity.
Israeli fighter jets have carried out yet another airstrike on the impoverished Gaza Strip following numerous air raids throughout the day.
The airstrike targeted the Zaitun neighborhood in the eastern portion of Gaza City, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.
No details have been reported, however, on possible casualties and damages in the attack.
Since Thursday, Israel has launched several airstrikes on the impoverished Gaza Strip as well as along the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
The airstrikes have so far killed at least 11 Palestinians and three Egyptians.
In addition, Egyptian state-owned Nile Television reported that two of its citizens had been killed by Israeli gunfire late Friday morning.
Israeli fighter jets had earlier in the day fired numerous rockets into Gaza City.
According to hospital officials in the city, a 13-year old boy was killed, and 17 of his relatives were injured.
The airstrike began on Thursday when several rockets had hit the southern parts of Gaza, killing at least seven Palestinians, including a nine-year old boy.
Moreover, three Egyptian border guards lost their lives on Thursday as an Israeli Apache gunship fired a rocket near the Rafah border-crossing.
Tel Aviv claims it has launched the attacks in response to assaults that targeted two buses and a military vehicle near the Red Sea resort of Eilat in southern Israel, which left at least eight Israelis dead and dozens of others injured.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has accused resistance groups in the impoverished coastal sliver of organizing the attacks and vowed a “full force” response against the Palestinians in the Tel Aviv-besieged territory.
However, the democratically elected government of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in Gaza strongly dismissed the allegations and warned against any act of aggression against the enclave.
Any carnivore that condemns abortion is a filthy fucking hypocrite when they use the argument “Killing is murder.” You would rather kill a sentient animal than prevent the birth of another sentient being? To me, that seems like the highest form of extremism. If you wanted to kill humans and animals alike, then by all means go on your way. I don’t agree with you, but at least you understand we are all equal.
Personally, I believe abortion is akin to eating eggs. I don’t think it’s wrong morally to prevent the birth of something, as it has no mental capability (1st trimester). Abortion is occasionally the best choice for a woman. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
Just to confirm, I avoid eggs, when possible, not because of the fact that it could have been born into a chick, but because of the cruel standards used to treat the hens that lay those eggs.
“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ‘til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”—Unknown
“One morning, I was talking to a family of ten. I poured a full glass of water from a pitcher and passed it to a child. He took a sip, and passed it on to his brother and so on. The last one returned it to me with enough left for the last gulp. Even in the camp, they take only what they need to survive and share the rest. What you see on the surface looks like extreme fragility, but it’s actually tremendous resilience and the extraordinary affirmation of their will to live.”—Brendan Bannon, photojournalist on assignment for Polaris Image, on his recent work at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Photos posted at the Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog. (via doctorswithoutborders)