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Syrian forces kill 7 on Eidul Fitr, EU targets oil

Syrian forces killed seven people on the first day of the Eidul Fitr feast on Tuesday, activists said, a day after the EU moved to ban oil imports from Syria over its brutal crackdown on dissent. The Local Coordination Committees said in a statement that “seven people were killed on the first day of Eid al-Fitr in Syria, including four in the town of Al-Harra and two in Inkhil, in the Daraa province, and one in the (central) city of Homs.”
Daraa is a flashpoint province in southern Syria where pro-democracy protests that have rattled the autocratic regime of President Bashar al-Assad first erupted in mid-March. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights meanwhile reported that “three people were killed and nine wounded when security forces opened fire to disperse a huge demonstration in Al-Harra after the (first) Eid al-Fitr prayers” that mark the end of the holy fasting Muslim month of Ramadan.
The Committees said protesters rallied against the regime after the early morning prayers, that are traditionally held on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, with protests reported in Nawa, Dael and other districts of Daraa. It said a “huge” protest was formed as worshippers emerged from the Al-Omari mosque in Daraa and marched to the town’s cemetery. Muslims traditionally visit their dead on the first day of the feast. In the Daraa village of Dael, “children covered in shrouds, instead of (new) Eid clothes, led a protest of some 10,000 people who emerged from the local mosque,” the Committees said in their statement.
The Committees also reported massive security deployments in the central flashpoint province of Homs, and that gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the citadel of the city of Homs, where communications were largely cut. On the last day of Ramadan Monday, 17 people were killed by Syrian forces and dozens wounded as troops and security forces conducted raids in several areas across the country, according to the Britain-based Observatory. Activists on Facebook group The Syrian Revolution 2011 called for demonstrations after prayers for Eid al-Fitr. More than 2,200 people have been killed in the Syrian regime’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests since mid-March, according to United Nations’ figures.
The European Union reached an agreement in principle on Monday to ban oil imports from Syria to punish the regime for its crackdown on protesters, diplomats said. “There is a political consensus on a European embargo of imports of Syrian petroleum products,” a diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The new sanctions were backed by all representatives at a meeting of experts from the 27-nation bloc in Brussels, another diplomat said. Individual EU governments are expected to give their final approval by the end of the week, the diplomat said.

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    Recent crack down of Asad forces against unarmed civilians in lots of Syrian cities now has become big test for consciences of modern world. Despite killing of more than two thousand people in just three months world community is still sitting silent and doing nothing to stop brutalities of Asad forces against unarm civilians. Foreign media is still out from country and people know very little actually what is happening in Syria. UNO Security Council has divided in two groups Russia and China has soft heart for Asad regime and only cosmetics steps and some sanctions cant stop blood shed of ordinary people. Ordinary people have been caught in conflict and now migrating in neighboring Turkey with any necessities of life. Asad forced now attacking bordering town with Turkey to stop flow of people. Due to silence of world community things are going bad to worst every day and in his recent address to the nation Asad vows to use further brutal force against government opponents in different cities. Now cities like Hama and Homs has become big target of government brutalities and killing of innocent people has become daily routine in country which is very unfortunate.

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