Daily Israel Report

Syria Death Toll Rises Despite Arab League Monitors

The death toll in Syria has risen to 6,000, and government forces continue to kill protesters despite the presence of Arab League monitors.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/4/2012, 1:42 PM

Syrian children speak with Arab League observers
Syrian children speak with Arab League observers
Ugarit News

The grim truth leaking out of Syria through Internet social media outlets is that government forces continue to kill protesters despite the presence of Arab League monitors in the country.

Syrian opposition groups say the death toll has risen beyond 6,000 as President Bashar al-Assad's forces continue his ruthless campaign to extinguish the voices of dissent. U.N. human rights organizations concur.

At least 50 Arab League monitors are roaming around the country, with 20 more expected to arrive by Thursday, but they are not even clear about the identities of their drivers, mosts of whom are likely to be government agents, an activist said.

The Arab Parliament has expressed its opposition to the continuation of the mission of the monitors, saying they may be providing a cover for Assad's forces to continue their gruesome atrocities, if not even to escalate the slaughter.

Nevertheless, some of the observers have appeared to be sincere about their desire to at least document the truth of what is happening in the country, if nothing else.

The local Ugarit News channel recorded a clip of one observer interviewing a group of children and their parents in the village of Tafas, located in the opposition hotbed province of Dara'a on Tuesday. 

Monitors were also told by local protesters about the bombing of the pipelines that brings natural gas from the eastern regions to Homs, about encounters with snipers, bombardments of the neighborhoods and the disruption of cellular communication lines in a village.

The channel has continued to provide updates as much as possible on what is happening through video posts on its Facebook page and on its "English language" YouTube channel, which broadcasts video primarily without text.