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Wounded Journalists Trapped in Syria After ‘Assassination’ Attempt

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called it an “assassination” attempt. Now one of the wounded journalists is reportedly in danger of going into shock from her wounds.

The dire situation has led to discussions about an ultimatum for Pres. Assad. From the AP:

The United States, Europe and Arab nations are preparing to demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad agree within days to a ceasefire and allow humanitarian aid into areas hardest hit by his regime’s brutal crackdown on opponents.

U.S., European and Arab officials were meeting in London on Thursday to craft details of an ultimatum to Assad that diplomats said could demand compliance within 72 hours or result in additional as-yet-unspecified punitive measures, likely to include toughened sanctions. The ultimatum is to be presented at a major international conference on Syria set for Friday in Tunisia.

This development comes as journalists in Syria reporting what is clearly genocide at the hands of Pres. Bashar al-Assad are reportedly being targeted. I wrote about it yesterday citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Remi Ocklik, with the reports on their death throwing suspicion on Syrian Security Forces.

From Reuters:

French journalist Edith Bouvier and Paul Conroy, a British photographer from the Sunday Times, made their plea by video as the sound of rocket fire echoed in the background.

They were two of six Western journalists who came under fire on Wednesday when Syrian forces attacked the building where they were hiding in Baba Amro, an opposition stronghold in the central city of Homs.

American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were among 80 people killed in bombardments that day. …

The doctor treating him and Bouvier warned that surgery was critical to prevent blood clots in her leg, which could put her body into toxic shock and put her at risk of death.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the rocket assault that killed the journalists on Wednesday an “assassination.” “I saw the pictures, it’s an assassination,” he said, referring to the picture. “Those who carried out the assassination will have to pay for it.”

Meanwhile, Josh Rogin offers background on the first “Friends of Syria” meeting, which will convene in Tunis and focus on humanitarian access.

[...] The Tunis meeting should result in concrete proposal for speeding humanitarian and medical assistance to the civilians inside Syria, but all would require the agreement of the Assad regime, the official said.

The second main focus of the Tunis meeting will be to coalesce around a plan to transition toward democracy in Syria. Members of the Syrian National Council, the opposition group composed mostly of people living outside Syria, has its own plan for transition that it will present at the Tunis meeting. That plan and the Arab League backed plan for transition are not mutually exclusive, the State Department official said.

“Everybody is backing the Arab League transition plan who’s at the conference tomorrow, but it’s incumbent upon the Syrian National Council to talk about how they would translate that transition plan into action on the ground and for them to articulate it in a compelling way that’s comprehensible, understandable to Syrians inside and out,” said the official.

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4 Responses to Wounded Journalists Trapped in Syria After ‘Assassination’ Attempt

  1. fangio February 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Over the last year or year and a half the world has been given a window in which to see how people in the Middle East treat each other and it’s not a pretty sight.  Just the other day the Saudi’s said they would use an “  Iron Fist  ” to put down a Shiite rebellion;  Libyan militia groups continue to cause havoc and no doubt will continue until the last man standing.  In Bahrain the government forces employed hideous tactics to put down the protests.  In Iraq,  the country is spiraling out of control and will soon be a bloody canvass of heavily armed groups fighting to the death. (  The U.S.,  by invading Iraq,  may have let the genie out of the bottle that is now engulfing the entire Middle East. ) These same countries,  including Syria,  are using western made security software to track protestor’s thru their cell phones and listen in on their conversations. Syria is different,  here we have a premeditated assault on a civilian city with heavy artillery and bombing.  This is genocide,  and like Bosnia and Sarajevo it warrants a tough response.  Assad and his thugs no nothing but force and will not stop until every person in Homs is dead.  He is a butcher like his father before him and when this is over they should drag him out into the street and blow his brains out.  Before they shoot someone should say,  “  This ones for your father. “

    • cjoblak@hotmail.com February 24, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      I don’t agree with your statement about the U.S. possibly letting the genie out of the bottle. Throughout history, ancient and modern, these middle eastern countries have been in conflict with each other.  I think it in the DNA.  It’s that ancient tribal warfare mentality they can’t shake.

  2. fairmindedindependent February 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Its terrible whats happening in Syria. There was a resolution at the UN but Russia and China used their veto power. Russia is still till this day selling advanced weapons to the Syrian government, and I am sure out of those countries meeting, Russia and China is proberly not apart of it, they back the Assad government, including Iran. So this is going to get worse in my opinion, because Russia wants to protect its own interests and Assad and the Russian government are buddies, and when Putin becomes President again in March, as it is looking, Putin will proberly make things worse. For now though I just hope they do get humanitarian help to Homs and a ceasefire. The Middle-East is looking more and more unstable, as fangio was pointing out the examples. We don’t no whats going to happen with Iran and Isreal. What a disaster awaits the Middle East again.

  3. cjoblak@hotmail.com February 24, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I’ve been saying for years, we need to be very wary of Putin.  He is a dangerous man.

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