Syria: Dozens of army deserters shot, nearly 100 killed
The UN General Assembly condemned of the Assad regime over rights violations, as reports indicate that nearly a hundred people were killed on Monday in clashes around the country.
Dozens of Syrian army deserters were shot dead on Monday as they tried to flee their base and defect to join the nine-month revolt against President Bashar Assad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The British-based group, citing witnesses who survived the attack, said Syrian forces attacked defectors in the Idlib province with machinegun fire. One of the survivors said some 60 to 70 deserters were killed.
At least 30 other people died in other incidents across the country, the activists said.
Earlier today, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated that the government is seeking a “political solution”, and the regime signed an Arab League proposal seeking to bring about an end to the violent clashes between civilian protesters and government forces.
The death toll since the start of the protests is currently estimated at approximately 5,000 casualties.