President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting general amnesty for crimes committed during the Syrian uprising which started in March 2011, the official government news agency SANA reported on Sunday.
The emir of Qatar has become the first Arab leader to voice support for military intervention in Syria should the bloodshed continue there. Does that mean Doha is aligned with the West’s agenda in the region?
Syria is vowing to investigate the death of a French TV reporter. He was killed along with eight Syrians when a mortar shell hit a crowd gathered for a pro-government rally. But it is not only the media being caught between the conflicting sides.
Syria is to go the Libyan way, with NATO members planning “direct military intervention,” says Nikolay Patrushev, Russia’s Security Council secretary. Russia opposes the Western drive to dismiss Assad and urges political dialogue in the country.
A French journalist has been killed and several others wounded in the city of Homs, while covering an anti-government rally. The violence comes hours after President Bashar al-Assad addressed the nation for the second time in less than 24 hours.
Violence continues to mount in Syria along with the international pressure on the regime of Bashar Assad, while the opposition claims the Arab League's observer mission is only giving the regime more time to crush the dissent.
Amid heavy criticism for failing to stop violence in Syria, the Arab League has renewed calls for the regime to end bloodshed and open its borders to more observers. As the carnage continues, many say they are paying too high a price for change.
Arab League observers have delivered their initial report on the ongoing crisis in Syria. And despite the monitors’ failure to put an end to the bloodshed, the mission has been green-lighted to continue.