According to the United Nations, the extremely unpopular Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the international organization’s representatives (including Secretary General Ban Ki-moon) that the Syrian government has ceased all of its violent military operations against thousands of Syrians.
Despite the exertion of incredible international pressure on the Syrian government to desist from killing and violently cracking down on civilians and dissidents, the government for almost half a year has not shown a remote interest in complying with the demands made by other countries.
Such actions taken by the Syrian government has led to a large amount of casualties among the populace and forced many to flee from Syria into neighboring countries such as Turkey that have set up refugee camps.
Gruesome stories of soldiers and military vehicles firing upon unarmed protesters and even those who did not participate in demonstrations circulated throughout the world media leading to a call for action against the Syrian government and its President al-Assad.
Despite the Syrian government’s declaration of ceasefire, many activist groups say that violence is still continuing at an alarming pace in multiple cities and areas of Syria, the most recent being in the city of Homs.
Both confirmed and unconfirmed reports of the arrests of hundreds of people as a result of security sweeps have also been made.
Many countries have been diplomatically edging away from Syria, isolating the country which has also been affected by the Jasmine Revolution which usurped unpopular leaders such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and started an ongoing civil war between Libya’s Qaddafi and his own people.
Some, such as the United States, are planning to officially call President Bashar al-Assad to step down from power as he continues to promise that the violence will end soon giving way to “constitutional reforms” and more easy access for journalists and humanitarian activist groups.
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