At least 26 dead as Barak welcomes Assad downfall

Published December 12th, 2011 - 07:43 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is doomed and his fall is a "blessing" for the Middle East, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was quoted as saying. "A downfall of Assad would be a blessing for the Middle East," Barak was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency (APA) at an event in Vienna.

"The Assad family is doomed and no one knows what will happen afterwards."

A statement issued by the Israeli defense ministry quoted him as saying: "We have been witness in the past few days to battles between those loyal to the Assad family and rebel forces.

"This is the continuation of the decline of the Assad family which will lead in the end to the end of its rule. We cannot tell what will happen ... In any event it will be a blow to the Iran-Hizbullah axis."

In the latest bloodshed, 26 people were killed across Syria on Sunday, including five children and a woman, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Among those killed, ten people died in Homs, while six others were killed in Hama, four in Idleb, in addition to three people in the southern town of Dara'a. Two deaths were reported in Damascus countryside. 


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