Qusair falls to Hezbollah: breakthrough for Assad

June 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm (hell, Human rights, Jim D, Middle East, sectarianism, Stop The War, Syria, war)

Below: from the Guardian‘s MIDDLEEASTLIVE roundup:

Here’s a summary of the main developments today:

The Syrian border town of Qusair has fallen to Hezbollah forces after a three-week siege that pitched the powerful Lebanese Shia militia against several thousand Sunni rebels in what had been billed as a breakthrough for the Assad regime. Rebel groups released a statement early on Wednesday confirming that they had pulled out of the strategic town in the early hours. Rebel fighters are believed to have taken refuge in hamlets near Syria‘s third city, Homs, around 20 miles (30km) to the north.

Analysts said the fall of the town marked a significant blow for the rebels, but said it was too early to describe the battle as a turning point. Michael Hanna, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, said there were rebel-held areas of Syria that Assad would never reclaim.

The Red Cross is still being prevented from reaching hundreds of wounded people in Qusair, despite a promise from the Syrian government to grant humanitarian access once the military operation was completed. A spokesman for the ICRC said: “We’re still in dialogue with the Syrian authorities on reaching Qusair, particularly with a view to getting in medical supplies.”

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We await with baited breath the Stop The War Coalition’s protest at this destruction by non-Syrian forces of an entire town with mass civilian casualties, and their demand that Assad begins immediate peace negotiations.

4 Comments

  1. Modernity's Ghost said,

    When you read comments from British anti-imperialist concerning Syria, you often get the impression that they want to shout “Victory to Assad/Russia!!”

    Although they are exceedingly careful not to say that.

    We see this in two ways :

    1) rarely do they question Assad rule & how this conflict started (Assad’s fault)

    2) never a critical word about Russia’s arming of Assad’s death machine, etc

  2. Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) said,

    fuerk Orfff mUdblergghhh

    Hezbollah’s military intervention http://syrianfreedomls.tumblr.com/post/52250322058

  3. Proquci Prodesse said,

    Get in there.. Chase those vile sickening NATO AL CIAeda and moslem “MI6″ brotherhood jihadists out… Long live Syria, the cradle of Christianity in a great many peoples eyes…

    • Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) said,

      nazi crackpott

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