Syria Says New Constitution Approved
Syria’s new draft constitution received overwhelming approval, the nation’s interior minister said Monday, as the European Union imposed new sanctions on the country amid ongoing bloodshed. The towns of Sarmin, Maarat al-Numan and Binnish were among the opposition-held areas of Idlib province reportedly hit by Syrian military attacks on Monday.
Syrian TV said on Monday that 57.4 per cent of eligible voters voted the day earlier and that only nine per cent said “no” to the referendum that President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents and Western nations have dismissed as a sham.
Explosions rocked Homs once again Monday, and government shelling was taking place in the city’s Baba Amr neighborhood, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group. The city of Homs remains under fire. Activists say 46 people were killed across Syria, many of them in Homs.
Qatar’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, said the international community should do “whatever necessary” to help the Syrian opposition, “including giving them weapons to defend themselves”. Explosions were also reported in the neighbourhouds of Hamidiyeh, Bustan al-Diwan and the city centre.
The town of Tiyaneh in Deir Ezzor experienced violent clashes between government forces and the armed opposition, the LCC said. The Red Cross continues to seek access to Baba Amr to provide aid to civilians, but agreement with the government and opposition groups has not been reached, he said.
The towns of Sarmin, Maarat al-Numan and Binnish were among the opposition-held areas of Idlib province reportedly hit by Syrian military attacks on Monday. They said gunfire was later heard at the university campus where demonstrators were trapped in halls of residence, while 14 were arrested.
(www.apakistannews.com / 27.02.2012)