December 25th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

10 more deaths reported in Syrian unrest

On the eve of the planned arrival of Arab League observers, 10 people died and scores were injured in volatile Syria on Sunday, according to the opposition movement.

Activists described worsening conditions in cities and towns amid what they called an intensifying government offensive. This comes at a time when security forces and allied militia fighters are supposed to be withdrawing in order to end the violence involving more than nine months of protest against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Abu Omar, an activist in the embattled city of Homs, told CNN on Sunday that attacks by government forces began Friday and were continuing non-stop in some besieged neighborhoods. He said the gunmen are shooting at anything and everything.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If gunmen "are shooting at anything and everything," how do they know that the won't hit their friends?

    December 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If gunmen "are shooting at anything and everything," how do they know that they won't hit their friends?

    December 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    I'm beginning to wonder how much of this info is being blown out of proportion ? It seems to me like the carnage would be much greater if the reports are accurate. There have been reports of towns being shelled with artillary, bomb strikes, indicriminate shootings.
    Don't get me wrong, I think it's terrible, what's going on. But I'm getting a little skeptical about the reports.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Gee, do you suppose somebody could be trying to work up a sentiment to attack the government of Syria?
    I wonder how many hidden weapons of mass destruction al-Assad has compiled to use against the peaceful demonstrators.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It would be costly for us to go in and do our duty speaking up for democracy and the oppressed, and we would lose American lives, but, you know, we're not busy with Iraq anymore.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Hey it worked it Libya. But that WMD card was already played. That bluff won't work again.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat ( in a hat )

    The arab league has been doing all the big talk, I think if they want something done, they need to commit their own soldiers and resources.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I had a super in a NYC once who had a wonderful line about repairs: "no es ma problem."

    December 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "...in a NYC building..."

    December 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    JIF brought up that same point last week, bc(iah).

    I'm going to give my now-standard answer:

    Let the Arab League take care of that.

    PS: many of those coming home from Iraq are going to be re-deployed to Afghanistan within 6 months.

    Merry Christmas.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ bobcat's troll:
    Lay off the Christmas cheer. You'll save money on laundry detergent.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @banasy
    Yeah, I saw that on the news about the new deployments. I guess we should have known that though.
    This is indeed the responsibilty of the arab league,

    @JIF
    Thank you. It looks like I piched up a fan.

    December 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. €:^)

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    UNREST IS TERRIBLE.. everyone needs a goodnight sleep..
    .

    December 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Billy Joe Ray Bob

    Them folks need to shoot back! Why aren't we giving them guns like we did those Contra fellers?

    December 26, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |