March 13th, 2012
02:19 AM ET

U.N.: More than 8,000 have been killed in Syrian crisis

Opposition activists have declared Tuesday a day of mourning across Syria as the death toll from a year of government attacks escalates out of control.

More than 8,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, including many women and children, said Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the U.N. General Assembly. Opposition activists have put the toll at more than 9,000.

"Violations of human rights are widespread and systematic," Al-Nasser said Monday. "The international community has a responsibility to act."

But how to act remains a point of contention.

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  1. RevNowWhileWeCan

    If we continue to help the rebels remove this secular regime for a theocratic regime, the violence will not only continue but likely escalate as this quote clearly demontrates.

    A demonstration led by the symbolic figure of Syria's revolution, Abdul Baset Sarout, has called for the extermination of Allawite and Shiite minority. While Sarout waves his fist in approval, the man shouts through a sound amplifier "Homs has made its mind, we want to exterminate Allawites ... Shiites". The clip has been aired by a French TV...

    We in the west are being brainwashed into getting into another conflict for the "sake of humanity". This is yet another LIE. Don't believe it.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • RevNowWhileWeCan

      Above source was from Arab Digest which just yesterday was banned from our ally, the pro-western, non democratic, oppresive regime that is Saudi Arabia. If we're sooo concerned with human rights in the M.E., lets start with our "friends" first.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    USA, stay out of Syria.
    This is an internal struggle between opposing factions.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |