Abdul Halim Khaddam, Syria’s vice president (1984 to 2005), called on the United States to take urgent action to prevent more bloodshed in Syria. He insisted that providing the Syrian opposition with weapons should be a priority among the steps of helping the opposition to put an end to the brutal crackdown by the Assad régime against different areas across the country.
“U.S. is demanded to takes an urgent decision to stop violence and prevent more bloodshed in Syria,”
Khaddam stated in an interview with Alarabiya television on Friday. “The Arab and international silence on the escalating brutality of the régime against civilians in Syria contributes to the worsening of the situation and reinforcing extremism.”
On Thursday, forces loyal to Assad régime carried out a crackdown on the cities of Baniyas and al-Baida, populated by Sunnis and Alawites. The crackdown basically targetted the Sunni population of the areas, and was considered an ethnic cleansing in the region.
“More than 700 civilians were killed in that ethnic cleansing campaign against Sunnis in Baniyas and al-Baida,” said Khaddam.
According to Khaddam, there is no doubt that the Syrian régime owns chemical weapons and those were definitely used recently in different areas in Syria. “Whether the international community confirms that or not that is no big deal, because the massacres committed every day by the régime’s forces are way more dangerous than the issue of chemical weapons itself. If there is a real will to help the Syrian people, there are sufficient reasons for the international powers to intervene, at least by supplying weapons to the opposition,” he argued.
Regarding the assessment of the military operations on the ground, Khaddam said that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) –the opposition’s armed wing– is achieving a remarkable progress in different areas. “However, the shortage in weapons prevents the FSA from holding control for long period in these areas,” he added
The U.S. Minister of Defense, Chuck Hagel, states on Thursday that the administration of President Barak Obama discussed recently the possibility of proving weapons to the opposition forces in its conflict against the Assad régime’s army
Source: ARA News
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