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SYRIAN CONFLICTS NEWS ARCHIVE 2

November 24, 2011: The current crisis involving the nation of Syria began on March 17, 2011 when the Arab Spring revolutionary spirit took root in the city of Damascus. As with the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, in a relatively short space of time protesters began calling for an end to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Now, eight months later, over 3,000 Syrian civilians lie dead ... slaughtered by Assad's military machine. The country teeters upon the precipice of civil war, as the danger of a wider regional conflict involving Syria with Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, and Jordan looms on the horizon ... and much worse, one that may pull in Nato and Russia.

This wider conflict I have called "The War of Alus," with Alus in Nostradamus' Quatrain 6.33 functioning as a name for AL-ASsad (either Bashar al-Assad, his uncle Rifaat al-Assad, or both). There are several other Nostradamus quatrains that appear to be linked with this war. Also included in his prophecies of a great war in the Middle East are quatrains dealing with a confrontation between Persia (Iran) and Turkey, naval conflicts in the Black Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf, and a huge war where Egypt and Turkey ally with someone called "the great Arab" (likely, the Muslim prophetic figure called The Sufyaani) against the forces of Persia (Iran). This final war, in turn, extends the conflict into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Adriatic Sea, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav nations (such as Croatia), and Hungary. Meantime, all of North Africa, including Morocco, falls under the domination of radical Islamic factions, lilkely the AQIM (Al Qaeda in Maghreb), which in turn come under the control of Persia (Iran) and Babylon (Iraq).

This current civil confrontation in Syria, along with the 2009 revolutions in Iran and China, the 2010 revolution in Thailand, the first (and now second) revolution in Egypt, the civil war in Libya, and, more broadly, the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, were all predicted to revolve around the hub dating of June/July 2010. A pretty good prediction for events in Asia and North Africa when you consider it was made in November 2008. Nations falling like dominoes, one by one, to revolution and civil wars is a phenomenon we do see prefigured in some established European prophecies for nations like Italy, France, and Germany. But no established prophecies have ever mentioned revolutions or civil wars overwhelming the Middle East, North Africa, or specific, key East Asian nations. That is what makes my simple prediction, one that has been much neglected by so many people, so remarkable. What reason would I or anyone else have had to predict something like this happening back in 2008? None, whatsoever.

It was arrived at, simply enough, by using my base 7 system, the principals which are that events and trends occurring in history re-occur again and again at intervals of seven years or else at intervals of multiples of seven years (for example 14 years, 21 years, 35 years, 49 years, 70 years, 98 years, etc). I strongly believed that the kind of civil unrest witnessed in countries like Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt back in the 1950s and 1960s, along with the Islamic uprising in Syria from 1976 to 1982 (which ended in the bloody massacre of Hama), the doomed Democratic Revolution in China in 1989, and the Iranian student protests of 2003, would combine to create an influence that would sweep throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and a part of greater Asia beginning around June or July 2010.

Algerians riot against the French Angry Egyptian mobs attack the Muslim Brotherhood, 1954 Colonel Moammar Gadhafi overthrows King Idris of Libya, 1969 Destruction in Hama, 1982 Lone protester defies Chinese tanks in Tiananmen Square, 1989 Iranian protesters wear hoods to hide their identities, 2003

As a result, one year premature of the vector were the two 2009 Iranian "velvet" revolutions, both ending up as failed blood-red revolutions (the biggest protests held in Teheran since the 1979 Islamic revolution), along with the bloody 2009 Uyghur protests and riots in Xinjiang, China. The vector was practically right on the money for 2010 with the protracted, violent revolution in Thailand and the brief, but bloody riots in Kyrgyzstan. Also, technically my vector was only off by four months from the beginnings of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt which, in fact, actually began in November 2010, not during the winter of 2011 or the "Arab Spring" of March/April 2011.

Essentially I reviewed trends from the past and considered their likelihood of converging during the new danger period I assessed would begin in 2009, either accelerating into a "crash and burn" world war by late summer 2009 or else escalate annually reaching a severe crisis and global war situation in 2012 and 2013. Major prophecies already had established that revolutions and civil wars in key European countries would contribute to the development of a great and terrible war in the West. And for this there were also base 7 precedents for 2010 and 2011. Because a great conflict in the Middle East appeared to be one of several triggers for a coming World War III in Europe and a horrific global nuclear confrontation according to certain key prophets such as Alois Irlmaier, Erna Stieglitz, and the Seer of Waldviertel, it was reasonable to assume that revolutions and civil wars in North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of greater Asia, would also occur parallel with Europe's. This made sense when I considered the success of my prediction for an historic stock market crash occurring in October 2008 and a slide thereafter into global depression and global economic collapse. Without a global economic crisis, revolutions and civil wars in Europe for purely political reasons or even due to ethnic violence seemed unlikely.

We have much to learn from 1989, in any event. It was the great but failed democratic revolution in Asia, China in that instance, which preceded the successful democratic revolutions that sweeped through communist Eastern and Central Europe in October, November, and December of 1989. Likewise, after Arab Spring (and Arab Summer, Fall, and Winter) plays out, the nations of nearly all of Europe (and quite possibly the United States) may well fall to revolution and civil war, fueled by a catastrophic economic hardship too heavy for even the hardiest and most-productive citizens to bear, along with the removal or failure of social programmes for the poor (including the ever-growing ranks of the "new poor" and chronically unemployed), the sick, and the disadvantaged.

This page will endeavour to serve as a permanent record (as permanent as is possible) of this specific event ongoing in Syria and other events to follow. As many of you may know, at various times this year news coming out of Syria was difficult to verify or blacked out altogether, and images and videos often were blurred or recorded poorly on cell phones. Good images have been hard to come by but have periodically been made available to the media.

This page is currently divided into "The Syrian Revolution" (which will be renamed "The Syrian Civil War" should that occur) and "Red Alerts and Rumours of Wars" which showcase newsworthy reports related to predictions I have made regarding Syria going to war with other countries ... such as Turkey, Jordan, Israel, etc ... and/or Rifaat al-Assad deposing his nephew Bashar (in the role of the Islamic prophetic figure called the Sufyaani or Biblical beast of Revelation) in 2012.

For the most recent news (including news links) regarding Syria and Bashar al-Assad, presented in the light of established prophecy as well as personal predictions I have made, you should frequent the Bashar Al-Assad: Alus Sanguinaire page.

 

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Smoke over Hama, Syria, on Sunday Syrian protesters march in solidarity with residents Hama, where security forces have reportedly killed 200 people. Photograph: Reuters A Syrian military tank in the city of Homs

 

Thick smoke rises during a demonstration in Moaret Al-Noman Syrian tanks attack towns Syrian army on military trucks enter villages near Jisr al-Shughour

 

Syrian violence escalates Anti-Syrian government protesters flash V sign as they protest in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, Wednesday March 23, 2011. Syrian security forces shot live ammunition and tear gas near a mosque where protesters have been camped out in southern Syria, killing six people including a paramedic, activists said. The early morning attack near the al-Omari mosque in the southern city of Daraa marks the deadliest single day since anti-government protests inspired by uprisings across the Arab world reached this country last week. The latest deaths brings the number of people killed in Daraa since Friday to at least 13. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Syrian anti-government protesters taking part in a demonstration in Banias in northeastern Syria on Friday

 

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Syrians supporting and opposing Bashar al Assad clash Rallies in Daraa intensified after five civilians were reportedly killed on the first day of protests [Reuters] The main courthouse in Deraa, which was set on fire by demonstrators yesterday. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

 

NEWS LINKS

Opposition group: 31 die in clashes across Syria - October 10, 2011.
Exclusive: War is only option to topple Syrian leader: colonel - October 7, 2011.
Turkey ready for war with Syria: Turkish FM - October 7, 2011.
Turkey seizes Syrian ship with weapons - PM Erdogan - September 23, 2011.
Erdogan: Turkey to join sanctions against Syria - September 21, 2011.
Seven dead in Syria clashes, activists say - September 16, 2011.
Syria security forces intensify crackdown on city of Homs September 11, 2011.
Group: Syrian city of Homs under fire as deaths mount - September 7, 2011.
Hail of bullets strikes Syrians fleeing to Turkey - September 6, 2011.
Syrian troops storm Turkish border village: Sources - September 5, 2011.
Syrian army storms villages near Turkish border - September 5, 2011.
Iranian Parliamentarian: US Pressing Turkey into Confrontation with Syria - September 5, 2011.
Jordan, Turkey join calls for Syria to end the violence - August 15, 2011.
Syria goads Turkey by attacking towns along their border - August 10, 2011.
Assad toughs it out against US-Turkish ultimatum to halt military crackdown - August 8, 2011.
Turkey revives military threat as Syrian tanks storm Deir al-Zour - August 7, 2011.
Assad's tanks blast all of northern Syria day after 150 die in two cities - August 1, 2011.
Groups: Government forces, protesters clash in Syria, killing 67 - July 31, 2011.
US, French envoys signal Assad: If army storms Hama, Turkish troops march in - July 9, 2011.
Is Syria provoking war with Turkey? -- As refugees flee Syria, soldiers are gathering on both sides of a long-disputed border -- raising fears that fighting could break out soon - June 27, 2011.
Iran unveils underground missile silo, poises for US-Turkish attack on Syria. Iron Dome for Haifa - June 27, 2011.
Turkey renews strategic ties with Israel ahead of showdown with Syria - June 25, 2011.
Syrian troops near Turkey border, refugees flee - June 23, 2011.
US says Turkey’s patience wearing thin on Syria - June 22, 2011.
Turkish Actions To Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syria? - June 21, 2011.
World outrage boils over Syrian crisis - June 16, 2011.
Protesters, security forces clash in China - June 14, 2011.
Syria uprising killings rise to 1,300: activists - June 12, 2011.
Syrian forces attack northern town as residents flee - June 12, 2011.
Massive New Fighting in Northern Syria Kills 32 as Thousands Flee to Turkey - June 11, 2011.
Turkey to send troops into Syria -- Syrian helicopters machine-gun protesters - June 10, 2011.
Attack kills 120 Syrian forces; crackdown feared - June 6, 2011.
Witness: Syrian military surrounds one town, shells another - May 30, 2011.
ASSAD KILLS 34 PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS, INCLUDING CHILDREN - May 20, 2011.
Protests erupt in Syrian cities; at least 34 reported dead - May 20, 2011.
Witnesses: Soldiers shell Syrian border town amid refugee flight - May 14, 2011.
Syrian tanks shell towns to quell unrest - May 11, 2011.
Syrian forces kill 62, U.S. toughens sanctions - April 29, 2011.
Syrian protesters gain anti-tank guns; Iranian officers direct Assad's troops - April 27, 2011.
Syria rounds up opponents after 120 dead - April 24, 2011.
Syrian forces raid homes as Assad opposition mounts - April 24, 2011.
First Syrian tanks and infantry storm protest centers - April 24, 2011.
Bloody weekend raises stakes in Syria - April 24, 2011.
Bloodiest day yet for Syria's anti-regime protesters - April 22, 2011.
Assad's bloody crackdown protest threatens sectarian war - April 20, 2011.
Syria Lifts Emergency Law But Warns Against More Protests - April 19, 2011.
Syrian forces kill as many as 24, opposition source says - April 18, 2011.
Student protest turns violent in Syria; 1 dead - April 11, 2011.
Syrian death toll rises as clashes continue - April 10, 2011.
Deaths reported, mourned in Syrian flashpoint city - April 9, 2011.
Syria: government troops in violent reaction to fresh protests - April 8, 2011.
Protesters march in Syria as president names new prime minister - April 4, 2011.
Protests ripple across Syria; at least 7 dead - April 1, 2011.
Witness: Daraa tense as troops, security forces flood city - March 28, 2011.
Unrest in Syria, Jordan Poses New Test for U.S. Policy - March 27, 2011.
Deaths as Syrian forces fire on protesters - March 26, 2011.
Dozens of Syrians reported killed in Daraa - March 25, 2011.
Thousands March to Protest Syria Killings - March 25, 2011.
As unrest spreads, Syrian government promises to respond - March 25, 2011.
Kurds in Syria 'waiting to take to the streets,' academic says - March 24, 2011.
15 dead in new clashes in southern Syria city - March 23, 2011.
Son of Rifaat al-Assad warns reform urgent amid protests in Syria - March 22, 2011.
Groups report gunfire, explosion at mosque in southern Syria - March 23, 2011.
Syria Protests Spread; Authorities Pull Back - March 22, 2011.
Marches continue in Syria after burial of protester, eyewitnesses say - March 21, 2011.
Protesters, security forces clash in Syria - March 21, 2011.
U.N. secretary-general condemns reported Syrian rioting deaths - March 18, 2011.
Syrian forces break up Damascus protest - March 17, 2011.

NEWS LINKS

At least 137 reported killed as Syrian attacks escalate - February 10, 2012.
Syrians to take to the streets to protest Russia's vote against U.N. resolution - February 10, 2012.
Assad forces mull use of chemical weapons in Homs, opposition says - February 9, 2012.
'They want to finish us,' Syrian resident says amid shelling in Homs - February 8, 2012.
World seeks next step on Syria as deaths mount - February 7, 2012.
Rockets, mortars rain down on Syrian city, opposition says - February 6, 2012.
'More Than 200 Die In Homs' As UN Vote Nears - February 4, 2012.
U.N. Security Council to meet on Syria as deaths mount - February 4, 2012.
Amid violence, Arab League suspends observer mission in Syria - January 29, 2012.
Deaths rise in Syria as U.N. Security Council to hold talks - January 27, 2012.
U.S. considers closing its embassy in Syria as protests persist - January 20, 2012.
Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say - January 17, 2012.
Exiled Assad uncle says plan underway for regime change - January 11, 2012.
After Damascus attack, Syria vows to strike with 'iron fist' - January 6, 2012.
Syria pipeline attacked amid ongoing killing - January 3, 2012.
Syria: More Die In 'Biggest Protest So Far' - December 30, 2011.
Thousands of protesters in Syria 'Crawl to Freedom Square' - December 30, 2011.
Syrian security forces fire on protesters as monitors arrive, group says - December 29, 2011.
Syrian security forces fire on protesters in Homs, Hama - December 27, 2011.
Syria's Homs under a military siege, activists say - December 24, 2011.
State media: Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Damascus - December 23, 2011.
Russia sent advanced rockets to Syria due to ‘threats from Turkey’ - December 21, 2011.
100 Killed in 'Organized Massacre' on Syrian Village, Activists Say - December 21, 2011.
Assad losing control as 10,000 soldiers desert Syrian military -- Scores killed in Tuesday's clashes, including 14 troops ambushed by opposition - December 21, 2011.
Syria deploys Russian anti-sea missiles on coast, Scuds on Turkish border - December 16, 2011.
Activists: Syrian army defectors kill 7 government forces - December 13, 2011.
Report: Syria arms missiles with chemical warheads - December 11, 2011.
Major battle in Syria; shops shut by strike - December 11, 2011.
Syrian opposition: Bloodbath could be imminent in Homs - December 11, 2011.
Watchdog: 16 more killed in Syria - December 10, 2011.
"Massacre' feared brewing in Syrian city - December 10, 2011.
Oil pipeline struck in Syria - December 9, 2011.
Opposition groups report clashes in northern Syria - December 7, 2011.
Dozens of bodies dumped in flashpoint Syrian city, activist group says - December 6, 2011.
Syrian rebels agree to join forces with pro-Turkey Islamic opposition - December 4, 2011.
NATO-Gulf military officers in Turkey prepare for intervention in Syria - November 28, 2011.
Turkey urges Syria to make choice as deadline passes - November 25, 2011.
Rebel army calls for air strikes on Syria - November 24, 2011.
Defectors killed in clashes with Syrian army, activists say - November 24, 2011.
Turkish prime minister tells Syria's president to step down or risk tragic end - November 22, 2011.
2 hurt in Syrian attack on Turkish buses, news agency reports - November 21, 2011.
24 people killed during clashes in Syria, rights group says - November 20, 2011.
Clinton says there could be civil war in Syria - November 18, 2011.
Risk of civil war looms in Syria - November 18, 2011.
Assad's uncle vows to topple regime - November 17, 2011.
Iraq's Sadr backs embattled Assad - November 17, 2011.
Syrian troops shell villages, Arab deadline looms - November 17, 2011.
Free Syrian Army steps up attacks on Assad regime - November 16, 2011.
Syria: Deadly crackdown continues, say activists - November 11, 2011.
Explosions, gunfire reported in Syria - November 6, 2011.
'15,000 strong' army gathers to take on Syria -- An insurgent army which claims to be up to 15,000 strong is being coordinated from Turkey to take on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria - November 3, 2011.
At least 20 dead in Syria clashes - November 3, 2011.
Turkey hardens stance against Syria - November 1, 2011.
Syrian forces pound Homs - October 30, 2011.
Syrian protesters call for no-fly zone as death toll rises - October 29, 2011.
17 reported dead in Syria clashes - October 26, 2011.
Civilians killed as clashes rock Syrian city, group says - October 19, 2011.
Syria: 41 killed as Ban Ki-moon calls on halt to civilian deaths -- The unrest in Syria edged closer to an all-out armed conflict on Monday as 41 people were killed, including 11 soldiers reportedly in clashes with army defectors - October 18, 2011.
Syrian forces fire at mourners, battle defectors - October 15, 2011.
Security in Syria opens fire during funeral - October 15, 2011.
Clashes Between Syrian Troops, Defectors Kill 20 - October 13, 2011.
As violence flares in Homs, Syria warns against recognizing opposition council - October 10, 2011.

 

RED ALERTS AND RUMOURS OF WAR

SUFYAANI ALERT: Assad's uncle vows to topple the regime
 
Associated Press | November 17, 2011

PARIS // Syria's opposition has many voices, but the one that stands out is that of President Bashar Al Assad's uncle, a former Syrian vice president and military strongman who many say has blood on his own hands.

Rifaat Assad, speaking from his self-imposed exile in Paris, claimed yesterday that the Syrian people needed a strong, stable hand to end the crisis - suggesting he could be the man.

The 74-year-old has re-emerged to criticise his nephew, whose regime has been hurtling toward international isolation following months of violence against pro-reform protesters. The UN has estimated that 3,500 people have been killed since the uprising began in mid-March.

"We are going to bring him down," said the Syrian president's uncle, who lives in a marble-floored mansion near Paris's Arc de Triomphe. "Even if it takes time and is difficult, I am going to work to topple the regime and give power to the people."

Rifaat Assad, however, is widely reviled back home. As the leader of an elite military corps under his brother Hafez - Syria's longtime dictator and Bashar's father - he allegedly had a role in the 1982 massacre of thousands in Hama.

A man pastes pictures of Syrian opposition leader Rifaat al-Assad

Rifaat Assad, who also attempted and failed to take power from his brother in the mid-1980s, depicted his nephew as weak and ill-suited for power, and said the British-trained eye doctor should return to his medical practice.

Often chuckling, he said he had "heard many voices in Syria, the Arab world and even beyond that the crisis in Syria can only be resolved by Rifaat Al Assad".

International pressure has been growing against the regime to halt the bloodshed and Rifaat said he would support international military intervention in Syria, insisting it should involve a combination of Arab League forces and UN peacekeepers.

He said he would return to Syria to oversee a transitional government until elections could be organised - and then step down.

Rifaat claimed the Assad clan was the only one that could bring stability to the country: "The people want the Assad family," he said.

That assertion was sharply disputed by opposition leaders who have spearheaded eight months of protests that have persisted despite government repression.

 
"The hands of this man are stained with the blood of the Syrian people," said Omar Idilbi, a Beirut-based member of the Syrian National Council, an umbrella group of anti-regime activists. "The Syrian people who have spilt so much blood will not give their efforts to a man who killed them years ago." ...

Human-rights groups have said that Rifaat led crack army units in an assault that crushed a 1982 uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood in Hama, which had been a centre for the current protests. The death toll reportedly topped 20,000 - a figure never officially confirmed. Rifaat denied any role in the Hama massacre, which he said was ordered by his late brother, Hafez. His Defense Companies were also reportedly behind the killing of between 500 to 1,000 prisoners in 1980 in the notorious Tadmur Prison in central Syria a day after Hafez Assad, who was president at the time, escaped an assassination attempt.

At a Paris conference on Sunday, he helped create the United Syrian Opposition Council, billed as a secular alternative to the better-known Syrian National Council. Rifaat claimed his movement united three million people - most in Syria - through 15 affiliate political parties ...

Critics scoffed at what they called Rifaat's brazen and unconscionable attempt to reinvent himself. "If today Rifaat Al Assad dared to risk going to Syria, he would be guillotined right away - hung on the public square by the people, because nobody likes him, and he knows it," said Mohammad Al Raschdane, a Syrian doctor in exile. "He thinks: 'If Bashar is weakened, the army is going to break up and my old soldiers will be with me to perpetuate the dictatorship in Syria.' He hopes for that." http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/assads-uncle-vows-to-topple-the-regime

 
WAR ALERT: Turkey ready for war with Syria - Turkish FM
 
7 October 2011, 13:05 (GMT+05:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend E.Kosolapova

In case of necessity Turkey is prepared to break out war with Syria, said Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, newspaper Timeturk reported.

Turkey is an independent state and makes by itself all decisions connected with the region, Davutoglu underscored.

According to Davutoglu, some countries say Turkey is acting in an agreement with the West, but it is wrong.

Turkish soldiers during a military drill on Syrian border The Turkish armed forces are holding exercises in the Hatay area bordering Syria. The exercises to end on Oct. 13 involve 730 military and 40 military vehicles.

The Syrian authorities have repeatedly concentrated the security forces in regions bordering Turkey due to exodus of the Syrians back after the riots. Syrian units, including tanks, were approaching the boundary line at a distance of 500 meters.

Some in Turkey argue that the Syrian troops conducted an operation in the border area to capture soldiers and deserters, trying to break in Turkey.

 
The Turkish Foreign Ministry earlier expressed concern in connection with Syria's military operations near the border and warned about the dangers of the Syrian side of such actions. Meanwhile, the total number of Syrian nationals who fled to Turkey reached 7,605. They are housed in five camps under the administration of the Turkish Red Crescent.
 
 
WAR ALERT: Assad warns Jordan against conducting
war games like Turkey and Israel
 
DEBKAfile Special Report October 7, 2011, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tensions peaked again around Syria's borders with Israel, Turkey and Jordan as the first two embarked on large-scale mobilization maneuvers near those borders Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5-6 and the Jordanian armed forces prepared to follow suit.

debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that the United States and Turkey urged Jordan's King Abdullah to hold a similar maneuver or reinforce his units on the Syrian border.

Assad warns Jordan it faces air strikes But Bashar Assad decided that being forced to build up his forces on Syria's borders with Turkey and Israel was enough and a Jordanian exercise must be stopped.

Thursday, he sent his powerful brother-in-law Gen. Asef Shawqat to Amman with a stern warning for the king: If the Hashemite Kingdom lines up with Turkey and Israel and deploys extra troops on the Syrian border, Assad will order his air force to bomb Jordanian towns.

And if Israel intervenes to engage Syrian bombers, Damascus would launch surface missiles against Jordanian cities.

 
It was the second time this week that the Syrian ruler had threatened to punish an enemy with ground-to-ground missiles. Tuesday, Oct. 4, debkafile revealed that Assad had threatened to demolish Tel Aviv by missiles within six hours of an attack on Syria.

Jordan's Abdullah told Gen. Shawqat he agreed to give up his planned military exercise, but not his opposition to Assad actions. In Washington, Ankara and Jerusalem, the Syrian message to Jordan was taken as an implied warning to Turkey and Israel alike that Assad had no intention of taking their military exercises lying down either and a military response was coming.

 
WAR ALERT: Report: Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv
in case of NATO strike
In meeting with Turkish FM, Syrian president discusses possibility of NATO strike, says 'I won't need
more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets to Golan to fire at Tel Aviv'
 
Ynet
Published: 10.04.11, 19:15 / Israel News

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."

Gas masks are donned once again in Tel Aviv as the threat of chemical missile attacks looms over the city and its inhabitants The comments came after Russia and China had vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown on protesters.

Davutoglu reportedly conveyed a message of warning from the US to Assad. The Iranian report has not been verified by other sources.

According to the Fars news agency, the Syrian president stressed that Damascus will also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch a fierce rocket and missile attack on Israel, one that Israeli intelligence could never imagine.

 
"All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack US warships in the Persian Gulf as American and European interests will be targeted simultaneously," Assad reportedly said.
 
  Deadly clashes at Syrian border on Mideast war anniversary

June 6, 2011 -- Updated 1946 GMT (0346 HKT)

Israeli troops take positions as pro-Palestinian protesters approach the border

Golan Heights (CNN) -- Israeli troops fired on protesters trying to cross the fortified border between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, with Syrian authorities reporting more than a dozen dead and hundreds wounded.

The protests came on the anniversary of the 1967 Middle East War, when Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately confirm any casualties, though a spokeswoman said that Israeli troops used tear gas and live ammunition on members of an "angered mob."

"We warned them verbally (and) with warning shots into the air," Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich told CNN. "And when these two options failed, we had to open fire selectively into the area, and this actually stopped those Syrians from reaching the Israeli-Syrian fence."

The Syrian state news agency said 23 people were killed and more than 350 wounded in the protests, which continued past nightfall. Medics could be seen carrying the wounded to vehicles and driving them away from the border.

A spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence and urged restraint.

"The events of today and of 15 May on the Golan put the long-held cease-fire in jeopardy. The Secretary-General calls for maximum restraint on all sides and strict observance of international humanitarian law to ensure protection of civilians," he said.

As many as 500 people took part in the demonstration, holding mid-day prayers on the Syrian side of the border, then crouching down behind ramparts that Israel constructed in response to similar demonstrations three weeks ago. The number later dropped to about 50, with protesters waving Palestinian and Syrian flags.

Clashes also broke out between Palestinians and Israelis at the Qalandia crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank on Sunday. At least six Palestinians were injured there, one seriously, by rubber bullets. Israeli forces also fired tear gas, while Palestinians threw stones.

The clashes come three weeks after similar demonstrations marking the 1948 birth of the Jewish state -- a day of mourning for Palestinians, more than 700,000 of whom were displaced from their homes during the fighting that followed. Those protests left at least 12 dead.

Leibovich accused Syria of trying to use the protests to create a diversion "from the bloodshed that is taking place inside Syria," where the United Nations says a crackdown against anti-government protests has left more than 1,000 dead.

"There is no question about it," she said. "The policemen, the armed Syrian forces are looking back and not doing anything."

Demonstrators arrived in at least eight buses before the protest began, then came down from a hill known locally as "Shouting Hill" -- where people shout to family and friends on the other side of the border -- toward the ramparts Israeli forces constructed last month.

Leibovich said Israeli troops were better prepared to deal with the demonstrations than with the May 15 protests, beefing up forces along the frontier and making clear "that we would not tolerate any infiltration into the Israeli side."

16 dead, dozens injured as violence erupts along Israel's borders with Syria

By Daily Mail Reporter

9:42 AM on 16th May 2011

Demonstrators cross from Syria into the annexed Golan Heights

Israeli troops today clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders, including the frontier with Syria, leaving 16 people dead and dozens more wounded in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations marking a Palestinian day of mourning for their defeat at Israel's hands in 1948.

Along Israel's border with Syria, thousands of protesters stormed the fence and hundreds burst through, pelting soldiers with stones, the military said. Soldiers guarding the border opened fire to stop them. Dozens were wounded and four were reported killed.

Israeli defence officials said the military had not expected protesters to try to breach the border and was caught by surprise.

It was a rare incursion from the usually tightly controlled Syrian side, and Israeli officials accused Damascus of fomenting the violence in an attempt to divert attention from the deadly crackdown on protests within its borders against the rule of President Bashar Assad.

'The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert international attention away from the brutal crackdown of their own citizens to incite against Israel,' said an Israeli military spokesman.

'Thousands of Syrian civilians breached the Israel-Syria border near the Israeli village of Majdal Shams.

'Israeli defence forces opened fire in order to prevent the violent rioters from illegally infiltrating Israeli territory. A number of rioters have infiltrated and are violently rioting in the village. From initial reports there are dozens of injured that are receiving medical care in a nearby hospital ...'

Syria has demanded the Golan Heights back as part of any peace deal, but the border has been quiet since the 1973 Mideast war despite hostility between the two countries.

A senior Israeli government official said: 'This appears to be a cynical and transparent act by the Syrian leadership to deliberately create a crisis on the border so as to distract attention from the very real problems that regime is facing at home.'

The protesters who came from the Syrian side were believed to be Palestinians who live in refugee camps in Syria. By late afternoon, Israeli military officials said about 100 people had been caught and were being sent back to Syria. It was not known how many remained on the loose.

'The residents are in shock, they had no idea this was going to happen,' Dolan Abu Salah, mayor of Majdal Shams, said. He said the town's residents, members of the Druse Arab sect, were neutral and did not want to get involved.

 

 

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