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SHELLING INTENSIFIES IN HOMS AFTER SYRIA FINALLY FREES ITSELF OF UN INTERFERENCE
June 17 2012
Homs, Syria – Less than 24 hours after the United Nations decided to pull their observers out of Syria the conflict in that country has flared up. That decision, prompted by increased attacks on the observers themselves, affectively ended, many believe, any chance of peace in the country, a fear which was fully realized in Homs today.
In that city, which surprisingly hasn’t already been turned into rubble, fresh assaults by the Syrian government have begun anew. From across the city, reports of heavy shelling and gunfire have emerged and fears of what may well be a final assault on the city have started to rise.
The Syrian government, it is believed, was really just waiting for the United Nations to get out of the country before launching the assault. It’s believed perfectly sensible and logical that Syrian forces decided to start shooting at UN observers to push them out of the country which in turn would allow them to assault Homs and other cities with impunity which of course they have started to do.
“Eighty-five per cent of Homs is under attack. I'm afraid that there are no safe places left in Homs. We will have to build a new city because there is nothing left,” said activist Abu Imad.
Residents have reportedly been cut off from water, medical supplies, food, and cable TV since the assault began.
It’s believed that government forces have concentrated the majority of their attacks on the largest piles of rubble in the city, hoping to reduce them to even smaller piles in order to prevent insurgent forces from using them to hide behind or even stand on.
“It’s really a shame that this has happened, I mean for the people of Homs, but honestly I think it’s pretty much what we all expected. Frankly, I think it’s pretty much exactly what everyone expected would happen once the United Nations pulled out and so at the very least the Syrian government isn’t living down to expectations,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “Obviously they wanted the UN out. It’s not just the observation that was an issue it was the possibility that UN people could be killed which, in turn, could lead to problems with the rest of the world. Now that the UN is out though they are free to assault and attack with impunity and that has to be very much a relief.”
No UN observers were killed or even significantly inconvenienced in their time in the country but things were getting mighty hot in the cities by the end.
“I’m sure by the end Homs will need to be rebuilt but in the long term that it probably a small price to pay for the Syrian government. After all, this chaos has really consumed the country and if they can stem the flow in a handful of cities, like Homs, even if means obliterating those places entirely then it’s worth it,” continued Gershwin. “Obviously they’ve stayed the course with their plan to erode opposition forces by killing them. It’s been fairly effective so far, really, and now that they have a free hand once again I’m sure the whole process will just intensify and before long all the rebels and the rubble of Homs will be destroyed once and for all.”
The UN is apparently watching all this unfold on television and the web.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent