Syrian protest against Assad near Homs_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
At least five Syrians were reportedly killed in gunfire Saturday as the
emir of Qatar suggested sending Arab troops to halt the bloodshed in
Syria, the first Arab leader to propose such a move.
government cut power and communications in restive areas of Damascus,
and five were reported dead in protests around the country, Syrian
opposition activists said according to Al Jazeera.
forces kill 10' after attack on monitors
with CBS's "60 Minutes," Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said that he
was interested in Arab military intervention in Syria.
he was in favor of Arab nations intervening in Syria, Thani responded:
"For such a situation to stop the killing ... some troops should go to
stop the killing."
CBS said on its website that the interview would be broadcast on Sunday.
prime minister heads the Arab League committee on Syria and has said
killings have not stopped despite the presence of Arab monitors sent
there last month to check whether the authorities are complying with an
Arab peace plan.
In the preview of the interview on the website, the emir did not spell out how any Arab military intervention might work.US official says Iran arming Syria to suppress protests
recent visit of the heads of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force to Syria is the "strongest
indication yet" that Iran is supplying the Assad regime with weapons,
AFP quoted a senior US official as saying Saturday. Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani
head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, visited
Syria this month, AFP reported. "We think this relates to Iranian
support for the Syrian government's attempts to suppress its people,"
the senior US official said.
“We are confident that he was received at the highest levels of the
Syrian government, including by President Assad,” the official said on
condition of anonymity. “The US government believes Iran has supplied
Syria with munitions” for use in the military crackdown.
United States has long suspected Iran of supplying Damascus with
weapons as Assad struggles to cope with mass protests against his rule.
Earlier in the week, Turkish customs officials intercepted four trucks
suspected of carrying military equipment from Iran to Syria.
officially denied reports about arms shipments to Syria. A statement by
the Iranian embassy in Turkey obtained by CNN Friday stated: "We deny
such claims and we would like to state that the Islamic Republic of Iran
sees people's demands to be paid attention to as a way of providing
domestic security and stability and believes that dialogue between the
Syrian government and the opposition is the way out from the current
United Nations has said that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed
in the unrest which erupted in March, inspired by Arab revolts
elsewhere. Syrian uthorities accuse armed Islamist militants of killing 2,000
members of the security forces.
The crackdown against protests has been ongoing despite an Arab League monitoring mission
now about 165 strong, which began work on December 26. Its task is to
verify that Syria is complying with an agreement to halt the crackdown.
Some reports indicate that the killing of protesters has actually increased
since the arrival of the monitors.