Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mass grave of the slaughtered as brutal Syrian regime steps up attacks ahead of U.N. deadline to bring an end to violence

A mass grave revealed the horrific impact of Syrian violence as the brutal regime stepped up attacks on opposition activists and rebels four days before a United Nations deadline planned to bring a stop to the bloodshed.

The picture reportedly shows dozens of bodies lying on top of one another in the town of Taftnaz as corpses were laid out for burial in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province.

Syrian troops and tanks engaged in violent stand-offs with rebels ahead of next week's deadline, agreed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of international envoy Kofi Annan's effort to bring an end to a year of violence.

The renewed violence erupted a day after U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claimed the crisis in the country is getting worse and claiming more lives every day, despite assurances from Damascus that its troops had begun withdrawing under the plan. Read More