Over 800 Killed in Syria

A human rights watch group reports that over 800 people have died in the Syria uprising as Syrian tanks rolled into a Mediterranean coastal town on Saturday in an escalating crackdown by Bastard Assad. Human rights watch group Sawasiah tells Sky News that the deaths have occurred over the past seven weeks. This also included Friday’s clashes that left at least 30 dead nationwide, activists and an eyewitness said. Details of the troop deployment in Banias, for weeks the scene of demonstrations demanding regime change, were scarce as phone lines and other communication with the area were mostly cut off. An eyewitness reached by The AP said soldiers deployed in Banias early Saturday. He said tanks moved into the seaside area and were stationed in at least three Sunni villages just south of Banias, adding that soldiers were carrying out house-to-house searches and arrests in al-Marqab district about a mile southeast of the town and in the villages of Bayda and Basatin further south. He said the army is now occupying the hilltop Marqab Castle, an 11th century crusader fortress overlooking Banias. “Banias is now surrounded from all directions, not a single person can go in or out,” said the resident, who did not wish to be identified for fear of reprisals. He said electricity and phone lines had been cut off, and residents were charging their mobile phones on car batteries. Banias, has an oil refinery and is the main point of export for Syrian oil. Activists in touch with townspeople confirmed his account, saying the town, which had become a leading focus of anti-regime demonstrations, was now completely besieged. The activists also spoke on condition of anonymity, citing security concerns. Daraa, near the Jordanian border, has been under siege since April 25, when Bastard Assad’s thugs cut off electricity and phone lines and deployed tanks and snipers to crush dissent there . About 50 people have been reported killed in Daraa over the past 10 days. The bloodshed Friday was the latest spasm in what has become a weekly cycle of mass protests followed by a swift and deadly crackdown. Shame on the UN that don’t do anything about the savage Syrian dictator, Bastard Assad.

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