February 13th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Fresh attacks in Syria ahead of U.N. vote

Syrian towns and cities were under fresh attack Monday as the United Nations prepared to vote on a resolution strongly condemning human rights violations by Syrian authorities.

The vote by the U.N. General Assembly would be non-binding but would be the strongest statement yet on the violence, which has dramatically worsened since the popular uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began 11 months ago.

After a pause in fighting in the southern city of Zabadani broke down Sunday night, Syrian troops made door-to-door raids and took people away and shelling began, according to an activist with detailed knowledge of the situation.

There had been dialogue between the Syrian troops and the rebel Free Syrian Army in the city, but the pause lasted not much more than a day.

A military convoy of 45 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and military trucks rolled through another town in the northwest province of Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, an opposition activist group. Four people in the city of Idlib were wounded by gunfire from Syrian security forces, the group said.

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  1. banasy ©

    There are going to be attacks regardless of what the UN writes.
    Mosters don't generally listen to reason...that's the reason they're monsters...

    February 13, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American

    @banasy
    Have to agree with you. Let's remember the first failed 'vote' was last week. Now let's see how long the UN will take to do something, if anything. Actually, it seems as if they are making the violence worse.

    February 13, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      It seems any attention paid to Syria makes the violence worse...if it *can* get any worse.
      What make a country loyal to a despot, I wonder?

      February 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Agreed banasy The u n never does anything anyways unless were involved.So why worry about the u n.There are like a dog all bark and no bite

    February 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    tragicly, it takes time for the world to work as one.

    i suppose anyone can act unilaterally and apologize later. i just don't think it's going to be us.. this time..

    surely the syrian people remember all the flag/effigy burning, the anti-american chanting – even death to america? i mean, they were there.. and among the worst.

    if we threw a party, some of their neighbors would have shown, but syria wouldn't even have rsvp'd..

    February 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      It's always "Death to America" until they want something...

      I don't know the answer, and I can't even pretend to.
      I just know that the USA shouldn't be the leader of the pack on this one.

      February 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    @banasy: *that* is where this conversation begins. and there is some *serious* 'splainin' to do..

    and it's usually a tyrant somehow of the minority. the majority live for decades unhappily. how can that be?

    February 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I don't understand it either...but there it is.
      One would think that by sheer numbers, majority would rule...

      February 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Come on Arab League, do something. Don't look at us (NATO). You can handle it. You've got lots of weapons. You spent billions for them.

    February 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Perhaps they were shipped without a user's manual.

      February 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    or written in english, french, and spanish.. no arabic

    February 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    so, b, this tyranny thing..

    i've been thinking about it. it's a cultural development thing. and it can be 'grown' out of.

    what propagates it? how does one person find themselves in a position to say, "you don't know me, but i am your king."

    makes me wonder if they *all* wouldn't have to claim some sort of divine providence..

    even when henry cast out the catholics, he simply claimed himself the mouth of god.

    can tyranny exist in the real world without religion? it's all about following someone's will other than your own.

    is tyranny just a sub-religion of the major religion of the region, however you want to say it?

    is their a reason *besides* religion people would live and die to please someone else?

    love? how much can you really love a king?

    February 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy ©

    Duuuuuuude.....
    No one loves a king, unless they are forced to upon threat of death...
    Henry wasn't particularly loved, but he was feared.
    Witness all of the weeping and gnashing of teeth after kim jong died...with the soldiers holding the guns on them convieniently out of the camera's eye...
    If it's not state mandated, I don't believe a whole country would die for their king.
    I would die for my family...because _ love them, but that's not what we're talking here...
    I have faith...oh, yes I do, but not because someone tells me I Have to, but because itKs withing me...I donkt have a formal name for it, and itKs not held up for public scrutiny, or consumption.
    What Henry did, he did because he couldn't get his way from the Vatican, so he made up his own church in a temper tantrum.
    Anyone can make up a church.
    Should it ever be the basis of the way a country is run?
    Witness the ME, and there is your answer...

    February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy ©

    Please forgive the typos.
    Fingers aren't working so well.

    And if one can't get past that, well, bite me.

    February 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy ©

    What I find so amazing is that religion does play such a big role in these wars...as the "winning" team makes there way ra ping and pillaging...they did for Henry's coffers, and they do it today...
    Even street gangs thank God and say a prayer before they go out and cause havoc...I gotta think this is certainly NOT what God had in mind...

    February 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    so fear. why would the majority fear the minority?

    February 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy ©

    Bigger guns?
    More guns?
    The minority are better fed?
    I don't know.
    The tryant has a good spiel?
    Better stormtroopers?
    Usually the tryrant has control of the army...
    Usually, whoever has control of the army wins.
    I don't know, lee.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    I don't know only shows that you prefer not to. Hence, more time spent on the blogs than researching an issue.

    February 14, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |