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Lebanese political leaders have been warning about and dreading the events of Sunday and Monday when the Syrian conflict was finally exported to the streets of Lebanon. At least five people have died in the port city of Tripoli in vicious clashes between supporters of the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels.
Lebanon (MNN) ― Over 3,000 people cross Syria's border into Lebanon every single day. Exactly one year ago, there were only 10,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Today, there are over 400,000 seeking safety in a country with a population of little more than four million. The masses of people are getting bottlenecked in Sidon, so the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees opened a new and bigger registration center in Tyre, southern Lebanon, on April 9
Speaking to reporters after a Russian-Turkish Joint Strategic Planning Group in Istanbul, the minister said about 200,000 Syrians were living in refugee camps in Turkey. “The number of refugees in camps in Turkey exceeds 200,000. In other countries there are over 100,000 more. We have already allocated $700 million in aid to the refugees,” the minister said.
In April 2011, the Syrian Army was deployed to quell the uprising, and soldiers were ordered to fire on demonstrators across the country. After months of military sieges, the protests evolved into an armed rebellion. Opposition forces, mainly composed of defected soldiers and civilian volunteers, became increasingly armed and organized as they unified into larger groups. However, the rebels remained fractured, without organized leadership. The Syrian government characterizes the insurgency as an uprising of "armed terrorist groups and foreign mercenaries". The conflict has no clear fronts, with clashes taking place in many towns and cities across the country
The unrest began on 15 March in Damascus, in Aleppo, and in the southern city of Daraa, sometimes called the "Cradle of the Revolution". Daraa had been straining under the influx of internal refugees who were forced to leave their northeastern lands, due to a drought exacerbated by the government's lack of provision. The protests were triggered by the incarceration and torture of several young students, who were arrested for writing anti-government graffiti in the city
Originally posted by canucks555
reply to post by bekod
Well here's the conundrum.
IMO the rebels are as ignorant, idiotic, and murderous as the regime itself.
Giving them weapons is not going to stop anything. Only prolong the problem.
There has to be a way to nullify the situation without catering to any particular side.
A DMZ zone. Though as one poster put forth, any UN action would "probably" be vetoed by either China or Russia.
DMZ zone might be the best answer to the problem though.
If things escalate then that will be the only option