Arab nations call on Syria’s Assad to step down..Syria army launches fierce attacks on rebels..Chemical weapons warning
Arab League nations on Sunday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to swiftly give up power in order to end his country’s unrest, Qatar’s emir said.
“There is agreement on the need for the rapid resignation of President Bashar al-Assad,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani told journalists at the ministerial meeting of the Arab League.
Arab nations have called on the Syrian opposition and the rebel Free Syrian Army to form a transitional government without President Bashar al-Assad, Qatar’s emir said Monday.
“We call on the opposition and the ASL (Free Syrian Army) to form a government of national unity,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani told reporters in Doha at the end of an Arab League ministerial meeting on the crisis in Syria.
Government forces have deployed helicopter gunships in a new assault on rebels in Damascus as clashes also raged in Syria’s second city Aleppo, witnesses say.
The besieged opposition stronghold of Barzeh was under heavy assault on Sunday, according to activists.
“This is the first time Damascus has witnessed such fierce shelling,” Thabet Salem, a journalist in Damascus, told Al Jazeera. “There are very huge explosions.”
Activists said snipers and troops backed by tanks had been deployed in the area, which has been the scene of heavy clashes in recent days.
The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said “many individuals were injured” due to rocket and helicopter shelling of the Grand Mosque in Barzeh which set the mosque on fire.
President Barack Obama has warned Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad that his government will be held accountable if it uses chemical weapons.
He was speaking after Damascus said they would not be deployed inside Syria but would be against foreign attack.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that any thought of using chemical weapons would be “reprehensible”.
Fierce fighting has taken place in Aleppo, where rebels claim to have captured parts of the city.
There are also unconfirmed reports from activists in Homs that security forces are threatening to storm the city’s central prison.
keep in mind the arab league is a tool of NATO..they will give assad safe exit..to where?..and when the ICC charge him will the safe haven give him up for extradition..of course so thats never going to happen..once again the chemical weapons gets an airing..nothing scares like a mustard gas type scenario..