Last Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied allegations that his troops participated in the slaughter of more than 100 civilians, including dozens of children in the town of Houla.
In his speech before the parliament, President Assad condemned what he called “terrorists” and said the accusations were a “conspiracy” against Syria.
His remarks contrast sharply with what the opposition and many international leaders have said for over a year: that the forces of Al Asad, not “terrorists” were behind the behind the continuous massacre originated from the regime’s repression of dissidents.
The crisis in Syria began nearly 15 months, when an excessive government crackdown against the protesters got out of control and sparked a national uprising against the government.
For months, the UN has said more than 9,000 people have died in Syria. However, the death toll calculated by the opposition groups goes from 12,000 to over 14,000. Tens of thousands have been displaced. (MZ)