Syrian Army Attacking Civilians?

The Syrian deputy foreign minister denied on Saturday as “media fabrication” reports that the Syrian army has used tanks to shell residential neighborhoods in the central province of Homs.

Faisal Mikdad told reporters that “armed groups” moved to escalate the violence when the United Nations Security Council was discussing the Syrian crisis, saying “law-enforcement officials are moving very cautiously and carefully not to cause any damage to civilians or properties.”

“Most of the casualties were government forces,” he said.

Meanwhile, the official downplayed the possibility of the Arab League’s (AL) recognition of the broad-based opposition, citing his government’s “strong supporters.”

The recognition “would be a dangerous matter in the course of the inter-Arab relations, but it won’t change a thing in the crisis because the supporters of the Syrian government are strong,” he said.

The AL’s foreign ministers are to discuss a possible recognition of the Syrian National Council as the main opposition group at a meeting in Egypt’s capital of Cairo on Sunday, Saudi semi-official newspaper Al Sharq reported, citing Arab sources.

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