Syrian forces fired on protesters in Homs as Arab League observers visited the central city that has suffered the most casualties since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March, activists said.
The United Nations Security Council faced new calls to intervene in Syria after the UN’s top human- rights official raised the civilian death toll in the country to more than 5,000 and said President Bashar al-Assad’s government should be investigated for crimes against humanity.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may offer to lift the nation’s emergency law today in response to deadly protests that pose the most serious challenge to his rule since he inherited power from his father in 2000.
Syria’s opposition defied President Bashar al-Assad ’s security forces again after prayers today without any sign it’s winning backers at home or abroad who could make the contest less lopsided and stop the killing.
U.S. President Barack Obama in concert with European allies called on Syria President Bashar al-Assad to step down, adding momentum for United Nations action to penalize the regime for its deadly crackdown on protests.
U.S. President Barack Obama, joined by the leaders of the U.K., France, Germany and Canada, called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave office, saying “the time has come” for the Syrian people to determine their future.
Protesters opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule defied government forces and pressed ahead with nightly gatherings in flash-point areas, including the blockaded port city of Latakia, an activist said.
Syrian security forces killed at least 25 protesters yesterday, activists said, as UN officials prepared to advise the Security Council that President Bashar al-Assad’s five-month crackdown has violated international law.