Saturday, July 21, 2012

Its time to leave Syria...

Its time for our students to leave Syria, temporarily. Just like what happened in Egypt and Libya, we must bring them home.

That's the decision taken by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman today. Only some of our diplomats will remain there. Those (including students, workers and businessmen) who decline, will have to be on their own.


The Arab nation is descending into chaos. Civil war is escalating and many foreigners have left capital Damsyik and other cities. News about President Bashar al-Assad is willing to 'surrender' his power to the revolution army also brings about more uncertainties to the country.


Syrian rebels were fighting to wrest control of the country's border crossings as clashes spread to the city of Aleppo, the latest sign of an escalating conflict that is driving thousands to escape to neighbouring countries.

Lebanon and Iraq struggled to cope with the surge of refugees fleeing the violence. After a failed attempt at the United Nations to sanction President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the Security Council voted to remove within 30 days unarmed monitors who have been confined for weeks to their Damascus hotel rooms because of the danger.

Hopes for a peaceful outcome to the crisis have evaporated.What was possible nine months ago, became difficult six months ago and intractable three months ago. And now Syria is heading straight toward chaos.

Assad’s opposition has been battling to control three border crossings with Turkey and one with Iraq. After five days of clashes in the capital, the fighting has spread to Aleppo, Syria’s other major city. The government, according to the rebels, is resorting to more brutal tactics, with state television reporting 'purging' in rebel hideouts.

More than 30,000 Syrians fled to Lebanon via the Masnaa border within 48 hours, with cars backed up for a kilometre and Lebanese security officials waiving the usual paperwork requirements, according to Beirut-based Daily Star.

About 125,000 Syrians have left the country since the 18-month conflict began, and as many as 500,000 people still in Syria have been displaced from their homes, the US State Department said on July 19.

In London, The Daily Telegraph reported that the Royal navy was drawing up a plan for an eventual mass evacuation of Britons from Syria and neighbouring countries as violence in the Middle Eastern nation escalates, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The flotilla, which will include the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and the amphibious ship HMS Bulwark, would probably be stationed off the coast of Cyprus but was not currently being considered for a "combat role", the newspaper said, citing an unidentified navy commander.

Even with UN-led peace efforts in tatters, Western nations said Assad's days were numbered. Those numbers are getting smaller and smaller, Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Saturday.

The Assad government held state funerals in Damascus for top security officials killed in a bomb attack this week as it seeks to reassert itself in a city that until recently had been spared the worst of the violence.

Among the four victims of the July 18 blast, Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, Defense Minister Dawoud Rajhah and the vice-president’s military adviser, Hasan Turkmani, were the most senior officials to die since the uprising began.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, said in an e-mail that 190 civilians were killed in the country on Friday, including 63 in Damascus and 19 in Deraa. At least 43 Syrian soldiers were killed, it said.

Troops shelled Aleppo, where dozens of missiles fell in the city, and many houses were destroyed and flattened, said the Local Coordination Committees, another opposition group. Five explosions were heard in Aleppo early today, the LCC said.

The civil war is splitting the country along increasingly sectarian lines, with a Sunni Muslim-led opposition confronting a government whose top officials are drawn from the Alawite sect, affiliated to Shiite Islam.

What's next is hard to predict...

8 comments:

deen said...

we must also monitor the situation in other arab states like yemen and iran...

hope the trouble syria will be back to normal soon.

lim brady said...

bro,

during the crisis in libya, a few students had chosen to stay, luckily they were safe.

the govt must make it compulsory for every malaysian to leave syria as soon as possible before the exit doors are closed for good!

better dont take any chance

penangan said...

salam tn,

syria adalah sebuah lagi negara islam yang menjadi mangsa rancangan jahat amerika, israel dan barat.

amerika dan israel melihat syria sebagai satu ancaman besar kepada kesejahteraan negara yahudi itu.

begitu jugalah pandangan mereka terhadap iraq, iran dan libya yang menentang pendudukan israel di bumi palestin.

jadi, amerika memainkan jarumnya dengan menghasut pihak pembangkang di negara terbabit - kecuali iraq yang dimusnahkannya tanpa sebab - agar bangun memberontak atas alasan demokrasi.

sampai bilakah umat islam harus menutup mata dan memekakkan telinga?

Anonymous said...

we should review sending students to such countries.

we already have good universities and colleges here and some are at par with foreign institutions.

Anonymous said...

syria is now in the hands of the americans and the jews!

masih di BH said...

jai,

pm pun buat kenyataan di pekan agar semua rakyat malaysia di syria dibawa pulang dengan segera.

nampaknya satu demi satu negara arab timur tengah tumbang...

salah siapa?

Anonymous said...

pindahkan pelajar ke negara lain atau belajar je di negara sendiri. apa kurangnya dengan kemudahan pendidikan tinggi yang ada di malaysia ni? semua bahasa dan segala jenis bidang ada...

vinnan said...

This is what you Muslims get for playing the divide and rule racist/religion game in the running of your country. Iran is next and so are all the other so-called Islamic countries. Do not toe Uncle Sam's line and this evil empire will exploit the self-created racial/religions in your country. Muslims have only themselves to blame.