Skip to comments.Scores of Syrians Flee Violence to Lebanon
Posted on 05/14/2011 6:25:29 AM PDT by Son House
The officials said cracks of gunfire coming from the western Syrian town of Talkalakh could be heard on the Lebanese side of the border since morning hours. More than 5,000 Syrians have fled the area in the past weeks, with more than 500 people crossing the border on Saturday
The shooting in Talkalakh comes a day after Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters at different rallies across the country, killing at least six people. Human rights groups say more than 775 people have been killed since the start of the protest movement in Syria in mid-March.
The Lebanese officials said the wounded who crossed the border Saturday included a 26-year-old man who suffered a gunshot in his back and two women, also with bullet wounds. The fourth, a 30-year-old man, died of his wounds later at a north Lebanon hospital, the official said.
On Friday, rallies had spread to new areas of the Syrian capital Damascus, suggesting opposition to the 40-year Assad dynasty remains unbowed despite one of the most violent crackdowns in the uprisings that have gripped the Arab world.
Assad's regime has blamed the unrest on terrorist, extremist groups and foreign agitators. Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud told reporters Friday that a "comprehensive national dialogue in all provinces" will start within days, but he gave no further details.
On Friday, Britain summoned Syria's ambassador Friday to warn that new sanctions will target the regime's hierarchy if Assad doesn't halt the crackdown on protesters.
The army shelled residential areas in central and southern Syria on Wednesday, killing 19 people, a human rights group said.
The government also laid siege to several towns, including Daraa where the Syrian revolt erupted after youths sprayed pro-democracy graffiti on a wall sparking fears of a humanitarian crisis.
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Fleeing one Iranian puppet (Assad), just to be at the mercy of another (Hezbollah).
Because Islam wouldn’t allow anything close to the Constitution to exist. They don’t believe in freedom. They believe in Sharia. I’ve heard former Muslims say that Islam is not a religion, it is a political movement. Once we were in Iraq and fighting, I knew it was a mistake. These people do not understand freedom because of their beliefs. They just don’t get it and looks like they don’t want to get it. They are stuck with an oppressive religion or political movement which ever it is, in their minds it can’t be any other way.
So it’s kinda like enlightening some Democrat supporters, still, the silence when we could offer direction is an omission of truth, yes, they are certainly welcome to ignore it, but at least we set a good, undeniable example.
They had better keep running. Assad’s tanks will follow them.
Wonder if the Lebanese will welcome them with open arms.
Who are these protesters? What exactly do they want?