Dozens of Violations by Terrorist Groups since Halting Military Operations

A military source on Sunday declared the authorities will prevent the armed terrorist groups from continuing their criminal aggressions against the army and law enforcement forces and citizens which hysterically escalated since announcing the halt of military operations last Thursday morning.

The source said since the announcement of halting the military operations, the attacks of the armed terrorist groups have escalated against the civilians, the military, the law enforcement forces checkpoints and the private and public properties.

It affirmed that there have been dozens of violations by the armed groups that have caused big losses in terms of lives and properties.

“In conjunction with the UN Security Council resolution to send international observers to monitor the implementation of the initiative of the UN envoy Kofi Annan, the armed terrorist groups have hysterically escalated their aggressions on the army, the law enforcement forces and the civilians,” said the military source.

Its stressed that “out of their duty to protect the security of the homeland and citizens, the authorities will prevent these armed terrorist groups from continuing their criminal aggressions and acts of killings and sabotage against the citizens and their properties.”

Armed terrorist groups intensify attacks in Syria

A Syrian military official says armed groups have intensified attacks in the country despite a ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

Syrian state media on Sunday quoted a military official as saying, “Armed terrorist groups have intensified their attacks in a hysterical way against the army, law enforcement forces, and civilians, in conjunction with the approval of the UN Security Council resolution to send monitors to Syria.”

Security forces “will prevent the terrorist groups from continuing their criminal attacks,” according to the official, whose name was not mentioned in the news report.

The latest announcement by Syrian media comes one day after UN Security Council passed its first resolution on Syria on Saturday, authorizing the deployment of unarmed observers to monitor the ceasefire that went into effect on April 12.

A UN spokesman said on Sunday that five observers “should land in Syria at least by [Monday] and begin work straight away.”

China and Russia welcomed the ceasefire in Syria, but the UK government, which, along with Israel and the United States, has repeatedly made efforts to isolate and overthrow the Damascus government, did not appear at ease over the truce, expressing displeasure about the peace effort.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on April 12 he felt “an immense sense of frustration because the world has come together behind this Kofi Annan plan.”

On April 13, US President Barack Obama approved non-lethal aid, including communications equipment and medicines, for the rebels in Syria.

However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the Syrian people have “proven their capacity to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms along with the fight against foreign-backed terrorism.”


Syria Vows To Fight ‘Escalated Terrorist Attacks’ As First UN Observers Arrive


The Syrian army pledged to continue fighting armed rebels in anticipation of the arrival of a team of UN observers, as “armed terrorists” have “hysterically escalated” their attacks following the official halt of all military operations.

­The first six observers arrived in Damascus late Sunday, a UN spokesman said. The other 24 are expected to follow in coming days.

The observers will be monitoring the shaky ceasefire that came into force on Thursday. Aggressions against civilians, army personnel, military checkpoints and private and public properties have all escalated since then, a Syrian military source says. The onslaught came “in conjunction with the UNSC resolution to send international observers to monitor the [ceasefire],” the official SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

“Out of their duty to protect the security of the homeland and citizens, the authorities will prevent these armed terrorist groups from continuing their criminal aggressions and acts of killings,” the source said.

Over the last few days, dozens of ceasefire violations have been reported from both sides. Opposition activists said that Syrian government shelled the city of Homs on Sunday, claiming at least three people were killed in the attack.

Referring to the latest violence, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “very much concerned about what has happened” in Syria since the UNSC adopted Resolution 2042 on sending a mission of unarmed UN observers to the troubled country.

The document was based on the 6-point peace plan, brokered by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan.

The plan was aimed at stopping the violence in Syria which has taken the lives of 9,000 people, according to the UN.

They will be “on the ground in blue helmets tomorrow,” said Annan’s spokesman Ahmad Fawzi. “They will be quickly augmented by up to 25 to 30 from the region and elsewhere.”

The team was dispatched to Syria as soon as the UN Security Council unanimously approved the advance mission on Saturday. The observers are tasked with establishing and maintaining contact with both sides of the conflict, and reporting on ceasefire compliance until a full mission is deployed. The UNSC is expected to approve a full scale observer mission of about 250 people next week.

Kamel Wazne, a political analyst in Beirut believes that the whole peace initiative is now under threat. And that is not because the Syrian authorities or the rebels oppose the peace, he said, but because Syria’s neighbors like Qatar and Saudi Arabia would very much like to see the bloodshed to continue.

“Probably, we have seen and witnessed, in the past couple days, a major unrest from other terrorist organizations entering from Arab countries into Syria and causing all this havoc against the stability of Syria,” he explained. “Today was a major escalation, an attack and a lot of assassinations by the opposition against civilians and Syrian officials, mostly military men. And this is happening more often now then before.”