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Syria's civil conflict escalates as opposition still working to close ranks

English.news.cn   2012-11-06 10:35:47            
 • Syria's civil conflict seems to have deepened with a notable escalation in clashes and blasts.
 • At least three blasts rocked Syria on Monday that have claimed lives of many people.
 • SNC broadened its ranks to enroll more members and other political groups from inside Syria.


DAMASCUS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Syria's civil conflict seems to have deepened with a notable escalation in clashes and blasts that have taken a sectarian turn recently, as the exiled Syrian opposition is still convening in Qatar's Doha to broaden its representation.

At least three blasts rocked Syria on Monday that have claimed lives of many people.

And a booby-trapped car was detonated earlier in the day in al-Mazzeh 86 area in Damascus, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores of others, including children.

It marks the deep fissure that has been widening between the different component of the Syrian society that consists of remarkable melange of sects and beliefs, as al-Mazzeh 86 area is largely dominated by people from the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the ruling elites belong.

The blast coincided with a suicide car bombing in the central province of Hama that killed two people, the state run SANA news agency said, adding that the car had been rigged with one ton of explosives.

However, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 50 members of regular soldiers were killed by the blast, which, it said, ripped through a military checkpoint in al-Ziyara village.

It said the bomber who carried out the blast belonged to al-Nusra Front, a shadowy al-Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for most of the explosions that have targeted security and army installations during Syria's prolonged crisis.

Later in the day, a roadside bomb went off in Damascus' neighborhood of al-Zahera while explosive experts were trying to dismantle it, local media reported. And two experts were killed on the spot.

Meanwhile, at least five people were killed Monday when a shell bomb struck a bus in the Palestinian refugees camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, witnesses said.

Similar incidents have recently occurred in other Palestinian camps in Syria, in what appeared to be that the Palestinians refugees are sliding into the Syrian bloody quagmire.

In the northern province of Aleppo, the state media said armed groups fired multiple mortar shells at an anti-rebels protest in Bustan al-Basha area, killing seven people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that violent clashes continued Monday in some restive suburbs of Damascus between the rebels and the regular troops. It said that more than 20 rebels had been killed by a fighter jet air-strike at the town of Harem in Idlib province.

It said that the rebels bombarded the al-Tarem neighborhood of Harem, which is considered as a stronghold for pro-regime people.

The Observatory also reported violence and clashes elsewhere and placed the death toll of Monday's violence at 200, including 67 unarmed civilians and 85 soldiers.

Yet, such accounts are impossible of being checked independently.

In the Qatari capital of Doha, the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main Syrian opposition umbrella in exile, broadened its ranks on Monday to enroll more members of activists and other political groups from inside Syria, reports said.

The shy move, agreed upon in the second day of the five-day-long conference, has come apparently to soothe the United States and other western backers that recently accused the SNC of being out of touch and doing nothing to broaden its representation to involve those who are operative on ground.

However, it's not clear whether the move would be satisfactory for the United States, which has backed a proposal for a new leadership for the opposition that would practically dilute the influence of the SNC.


Opposition meeting aggravates Syrian situation: deputy FM

DAMASCUS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said Monday that the main goals behind the opposition conference, currently underway in the Qatari capital of Doha, contributes only to aggravating the situation in Syria.

Speaking during a meeting in Damascus Monday on humanitarian issues, Mikdad said the United States and its backers swing in supporting a group of opposition and marginalize another one as well as creating other parties.   Full story

No confidential deals over Syrian president's destiny: Russian FM

CAIRO, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted Monday here in Cairo that his country has not made any confidential negotiations or deals over the destiny of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, official news agency MENA reported.

At a mutual press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr, Lavrov said "we are just concerned with the destiny of the Syrian people and decreasing their sufferings."   Full story

Editor: Fang Yang
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