Adding another tragedy to the bloody chapter of Syrian uprising, government troops opened fire on mourners killing at least one person. The shooting occurred at a funeral for people killed on Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad. The un-provoked shoot out at the peaceful funeral soon turned it into an outraged demonstration.
The violence coincides with the visit of the Chinese envoy who arrived in Syria earlier today, urging the Government to deal with restraint and commence a dialogue with the protesters.
State-run television quoted the Chinese envoy as saying that he backed government plans for a referendum on a new constitution followed by democratic elections.
It is pertinent to mention here that the opposition has already called for a boycott of the 26 February referendum, stating that no political maneuvers would be acceptable if violence remains unabated.
The next few weeks will prove crucial for the Middle Eastern region with mounting tensions in the Arab Spring paired with the rise of animosity between Israel and Iran.
Article publié pour la première fois le 18/02/2012