Syrian Soldiers Deploy in Damascus Suburb

Assad’s soldiers entered Damascus suburb to stop a march on the capital. Six-year-old girl killed in Daraa. Reports of soldiers defecting.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 13:33

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Syrian President Bashar Assad’s soldiers entered Douma, a suburb of Damascus, on Wednesday morning, to prevent a march on the capital, as the international community, outside of the Iranian terror axis, condemns violent suppression of protesters. 

Secret agents have arrested suspected opponents to the regime.

A six-year-old girl and five others were killed in Daraa, and unconfirmed reports stated that some soldiers have defected and are helping local residents fight against the government. Funerals couldn’t take place because soldiers and police have been deployed in cemeteries.

The Syrian government has rejected calls for an investigation of the brutal force used by Assad, whose ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, said, "We can undertake any investigation by our own selves, with full transparency. We have nothing to hide. We regret what is going on, but you should also acknowledge that this unrest and riots, in some of their aspects, have hidden agendas. We don't need help from anybody.”

The government said the soldiers are acting against “terrorists.”

France, which traditionally has been close to Syria, condemned the violence that has claimed the lives of at least 400 civilians, with hundreds of others arrested.