Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 12:25 GMT

Syria's Assad warns against sowing chaos

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 16 May 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Syria's Assad warns against sowing chaos, 16 May 2012, available at: [accessed 1 June 2016]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

May 16, 2012

President Bashar al-Assad has said countries that "sow chaos" in Syria could suffer from it themselves.

In an interview with Russian state news channel Rossia 24, Assad also said that Syrian security forces had captured "foreign mercenaries" who were fighting for the opposition.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops stormed the Shammas neighborhood in the central city of Homs overnight, killing at least 15 people.

The watchdog said some of those killed were subjected to "summary executions."

The group updated its toll of people killed in Syria on May 15 to more than 60.

Meanwhile, UN observers were picked up on May 16 by other UN personnel in the town of Khan Sheikhun, one day after a roadside bomb hit their convoy and left them stranded overnight with rebel forces.

None of the observers was injured in the May 15 violence.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

Copyright notice: Copyright (c) 2007-2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036

Search Refworld