December 14th, 2011
08:08 AM ET

International pressure mounts amid Syrian bloodshed

Businesses in several Syrian cities remained shuttered Wednesday amid ongoing violence and bloodshed as pressure mounted for an international response to the government crackdown on protesters.
Five civilians were killed in the suburbs of Hama when their vehicle was targeted by military forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group. In retaliation, at least eight troops were killed when army defectors ambushed four military vehicles, the organization said.
In the city of Daraa, a civilian was killed and three defectors were wounded in clashes with security forces in the village of al-Lajat, the Observatory said. In al-Harak city, military and security forces stormed the city with heavy machine gun fire, tanks and an armored personnel carrier.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    Now they have some fire power to fight back with the defectors and the president will come out and say see I told you they were killing us. Brashir does not even know what the military is doing? Another government out of touch with its army. If Brashir closes his eyes at the right time "He sees noooothing". Are the sanctions even working, I heard it will hurt the opposition more. I hope we are in Turkey sending medical supplies. Hopefully without the made in America sticker pasted on the front.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. F1

    The deaths of the civies and the defecters will not be invain or forgoten. These people will not be forgotten. Keep fighting for your freedom syrians we will think of you and your future domocracy ,,, from the united states

    December 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. JF

    The United States is trying to undo all the governments in so called third world countries so the US big businesses
    can move in and control their governments, the way big businesses control the United States government. Big business
    is all Rich people, not just "wall street ". Rich people control the US government. Rich people are the US government.
    Big businesses are running all over the world to get " PAID SLAVES ". This world well not become a better place
    until GOD do something about RICH people. """" The United States are the evil that the bible say that GOOD will fight
    in the last days. """" It is time for good to fight evil. If you are Rich and you will not feed a child, do you think that you
    should be called good?

    I give you so much time to change, so you can not say I did not give you time.
    And do not come after me, for I only pray. And I pray for the ' The End Of All Things."

    December 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |