Democracy Now: Syria: 20 Killed in Hama, 2 Journalists Smuggled to Safety

Syrian forces shelled an opposition stronghold in Hama province, killing 20 people today according to Syrian activists. Meanwhile, two wounded foreign journalists trapped inside Syria have been smuggled safely to Lebanon. British photographer Paul Conroy and French journalist Edith Bouvier were both wounded in a government-backed attack in Baba Amr last week. French photographer William Daniel and Spaniard Javier Espinosa are still inside Syria, but efforts are underway to evacuate them. On Monday, International Committee of the Red Cross spokesperson Hicham Hassan warned about the crisis facing the Syrian city of Homs.

Hicham Hassan: “For us, the humanitarian situation is degenerating by the hour, and this is why it is absolutely important that we enter as soon as possible — on one hand, to evacuate all those who need to be evacuated, and on the other hand, to bring in much-needed assistance.”

In other news on Syria, the prime minister of Qatar has publicly called for the arming of rebel groups in Syria despite concerns it could lead to a regional war.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani: “I think we should do whatever necessary to help them, including giving them weapon to defend themselves. I think, by international law, defending themselves against what the force, Bashar al-Assad force, do for them, they have the legitimacy to defend themselves.”

~ by wheresthemic on February 29, 2012.

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