Syria – 111 Villagers Killed in a Raid by Assad Military Forces

Stop Fundamentalism – While Bashar Al-Assad’s government has agreed to accept Arab League’s proposal to allow a team of its observers into Syria by Thursday, the government forces seem to have stepped up crackdown on the civilian population of the country, according to reports by activists in Syria.

On Tuesday, government forces advanced on the northwestern village of Kfar Owaid, completely surrounding the village.  When villagers started to fleeing to save their own lives, government forces surrounded them outside the village and then started shelling and shooting at the them. 

The raid lasted an hour and as a result 111 unarmed Syrians were killed.

The United Nation says over 5000 people have died since March in Syrian since protests began.

The news of the killing of civilians at Kfar Owaid has drawn condemnations from the international community, the United States, France and the Arab League.

The United States renewed its call for Bashar Assad to step-down saying he “does not deserve to rule Syria.”

“The United States is deeply disturbed by credible reports that the Assad regime continues to indiscriminately kill scores of civilians and army defectors, while destroying homes and shops and arresting protesters without due process,” the White House said in a statement read by spokesman Jay Carney, warning that the international community could take more steps against Syria.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland added that the stepped-up violence signaled that Syria’s acceptance of the Arab League plan is merely a “stalling tactic.”

“This is not the behavior of a government that is getting ready to implement the Arab League proposals,” she told reporters, adding later that, “We’ve got lots of promises as the government continues to mow down its own people.”