1500 Dead Since March
Following the deadliest assault to date on Syrian protesters Sunday and more casualties reported Monday in the shelling of the city of Hama, Amnesty International repeated its demand that the UN Security Council urgently respond to the bloodshed.
“It is long past time for the UN Security Council to take concrete steps to end the bloody crackdown in Syria that continues to claim countless lives amid peaceful protests,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Since the start of the Arab Spring, many people have lost their lives in their quest for dignity and freedom in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya. But the scale of bloodshed in Syria is unprecedented, with more than 1500 people dead in the past five months. The Syrian leaders are indeed committing crimes against humanity and should be brought to justice.