More deaths in Syria as Assad speaks on 30,000 dead by summer

Published January 14th, 2012 - 08:55 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 25 people were killed by security forces on Friday. Most of the victims were in the town of Kafr Nabel in Idleb where about 20 thousand demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the downfall of the regime.

In the meantime, the Syrian National Council in a statement Friday said it had agreed with "the Free Syrian Army" to activate and strengthen the coordination mechanisms between them "in order to provide the maximum service the Syrian revolution. " The statement said that "a delegation of the Syrian National Council, headed by Burhan Ghalyoun met the leadership of the free Syrian army Thursday, aiming to increase the pace of coordination between the parties. It is estimated that some 20,000 soldiers deserted the Syrian army and joined the free army.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese newspaper "An Nahar" reported that the Syrian regime has conveyed to Russia information about the planning of a massive military crackdown against the opposition in the next four months. According to the report, the Syrian president Bashar Assad has called this stage "the end of the plot". According to newspaper, Assad estimated that the number of dead will hit about 30,000 people. He believes the military operation will settle the situation by early summer.

According to the same report, Russian officials told Assad the death toll was too high and thus Moscow will not be able to provide the Syrian regime with the needed diplomatic and military protection. 

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