Sunni Muslims who have fled Syria described a government crackdown that is more pervasive and more sectarian than previously understood,with civilians affiliated with President Bashar al-Assads minority Alawite sect shooting at their neighbours as the military presses what many Sunnis see as a campaign to force them to flee their homes and villages.
The refugees,from in and around Qusayr,a town near the rebellious city of Homs,offered a rare witness account of the unfolding tumult in Syria. They said it appeared the government concluded that when it pushed rebels from strongholds like Homs,they regrouped in other Sunni areas. As a result,they said the government was not only striking at large urban centers,but had also hit towns and villages.
There are some 6,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanons Bekaa Valley,according to the UN. The several dozen of them interviewed said they felt threatened as Sunnis,and several said they saw the military give out rifles to residents of Alawite villages and that their neighbors then opened fire on them. Their accounts reinforce reports from activists and people inside Syria of displacement along sectarian lines.
Assad agrees to Annans six-point peace proposal
Beirut: President Bashar Assad says he will spare no effort to make the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan a success but he demands that armed opponents commit to halting their terrorist acts against the government. Syria also said Assad has accepted a six-point peace plan put forward by Annan which calls for a full cease-fire to be supervised by UN.