VIOLENCE CONTINUES TO RAGE IN SYRIA

The Syrian town of Rastan is under heavy bombardment by the Al Assad forces.

Violence continues to rage in Syria
Posted 05.03.2012 14:57:04 UTC
Updated 05.03.2012 14:57:04 UTC

20 people, children among them, have been killed in the last 24 hours in Rastan.

Fearing there will take place in Rastan a massacre similar to the one in Homs, the locals are fleeing the town.

More than 2 thousand Syrians from Rastan have taken shelter in Lebanon.

The humanitarian conditions in Homs, which was under heavy bombing and artillery shelling for more than a month, are worsening.

A second Red Cross convoy which has set out from the capital Damascus has arrived in Homs.

However, permission is still denied to the convoys to enter Baba Amr.

Foodstuffs and blankets have been delivered in another neighbourhood to those who fled Baba Amr.

There is also quite some activity on the political scene.

China is going to send an envoy to Damascus to talk the Al Assad regime into a cease-fire.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet the representatives of the Arab countries in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday to take up the Syria crisis.

In the meantime, the Saudi Arabian administration has issued a statement to declare that the Syrian people have the right to rise up in arms against the Al Assad regime and defend themselves.

Some analysts, as another development, say that the situation in Syria will aggravated because of the violence to be used by the Al Assad administration, creating a war picture reminiscent of the civil war in Bosnia.