An explosion in a car wash in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least five people, activists said, while another blast in the capital destroyed nine cars.
Bomb attacks have grown more common in Syria's two largest cities as the uprising against President Bashar Assad grows increasingly militarised.
Many in the opposition have taken up arms since protesters first took to the street in March 2011 and now regularly clash with government forces around the country.
But Aleppo and Damascus have remained largely in Assad's grip, shaken only by bomb blasts that often appear to target buildings associated with the military and security services.
The UN says more than 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising's start.
Also on Saturday, an explosive planted under an army vehicle in Damascus blew up, damaging nine cars. The blast shook a central neighbourhood near a military food co-operative, and left a crater in the street, according to a reporter who visited the scene.
international support has been one of the many factors behind Bashar al-Assad remaining in power. With the support of China and Russia — permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the Assad “government” has remained determined to fight to protect its existing regime in the country.
Israeli Leaders Speak Up:
Israeli officials have become increasingly outspoken in their belief that Syria's President Bashar Assad should relinquish power after a 13-month uprising that has killed thousands of his citizens — a surprising turnaround that risks backfiring and potentially strengthening the embattled Syrian leader.
Syrian Forces Raid Aleppo University
May 4, 2012
BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian forces stormed student dormitories during an anti-government protest at Aleppo University Thursday, firing tear gas and bullets in an hourslong siege that killed at least four students and forced the closure of the state-run school, activists said.
While the United Nation observers started the process of monitoring the ceasefire in Syria, about 1500 students held a protest in the university against the government, led to the arm forces to raid the university to end the protest in a mostly peaceful city so far. Aleppo was not a major area for the protest and opposition.
Why now? we started this destruction every where, we should not be proud of spreading violence all over, under the umbrella of better future, we are the student who can force the changes by using our intelligence of not falling into the trap of both sides propaganda in Syria. Please spare our only innocent place from this killing, protest in tkeep the dignity of our lovely university intact.
Syria Car Wash Blast Kill Five
April 5, 2012
The former UN chief says the world cannot allow Syria to descend into full-scale civil war and that the day may come to take a "different tack" than his peace plan.
Speaking in Geneva, Kofi Annan said that there was a "profound concern that the country could otherwise descend into full civil war, and the implications of that are quite frightening. "We cannot allow that to happen," the UN-Arab League mediator said.
He added that the level of violence in Syria remained unacceptable. "There have been worrying episodes of violence by the government, but we have also seen attacks against government forces, troops and installations, and there has been a spate of bombings which are really worrying, and I am sure creates incredible insecurity among the civilian population."
When asked what would happen if his peace plan didn't work, Mr Annan said he was waiting for suggestions. "We may well conclude, down the line, that it doesn't work, and different tack has to be taken, and that will be a very sad day and a tough day for the region."
A UN-backed ceasefire was announced for April 12 as part of Mr Annan's six-point peace plan, along with the deployment of an unarmed UN observer force of up to 300 monitors. While there was an initial reduction in violence and UN observers have been gradually deploying, a full ceasefire has yet to take hold.
The bigger question who is the beneficiary from all of this destruction in Syria, no one can say the democracy is not welcome, but we should say it loud no destruction to our country and home land, we should scream and ask every person love syria to stop for a moment and think, and the conclusion will "we should weak up and realize the price all of us paying" remember who is supporting and gaining from this destruction, shame on us if we allow it to go any longer that way.
Kofi Annan Warns of Civil War in Syria
The fact that the Arab world is awash with dictators has long been a key piece of evidence used to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment in the West.
Surely all those dictators are proof that Arabs don't love democracy the way we Westerners do, that they are culturally, religiously and perhaps congenitally attracted to tyrannical strongmen as leaders.
Uprisings has exposed the truth: Arabs don't like tyrants any more than we do. In fact, they love democracy -- so much so that hundreds of thousands of them have risked serious harm by taking to the streets to defy a regime that for decades has been a leading practitioner of repression and torture of dissidents.
Another truth tArab dictators have managed to hold onto power because of our support -- that is, the support of Western governments, particularly the United States, which provides $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt.
It turns out that some of the most horrific Middle Eastern despots -- notably those in Egypt and Saudi Arabia -- are there because the West has propped them up, over the fierce opposition and suffering of their own people. If we want to pinpoint responsibility for the lack of democracy in the Middle East, we might stop trying to find defects in the Arab soul and start looking in the mirror.
The fact that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been kept in power by the West partly explains why he is so hated by his own people. In addition to being a tyrant, he's seen as an American lackey, willing to submit to U.S. demands that he support Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.
The Middle East - Western Democracy Hypocrisy
A MESSAGE TO ALL SYRIANs:
Is the Syrian electionIs a joke?
The Syrian government held parliamentary elections on Monday, calling them an important step toward reform, while virtually ignoring public demands for sweeping democratic change that have rocked the country for the past 14 months.
I am wondering if the Syrian government is able to understand the uprising reasons and how to deal with it, this kind of election from one side of the conflict shows how much the difficulties in Syria reaching the peak point. intelligence, thoughts, and understanding are more needed now than ever. Having this kind of resilient drama reflect the distance between all sides. Mr. Al-Assad should show some of the good faith in his own people and start reflecting understanding and also give up on the ego of destruction as a way to survive.
The opposition also should show how they care about the country not themselves, where some of them never been in Syria for 20 years. taking advantage of people fighting for freedom does not give the right to destroy the infrastructure of that country, and also the blood shed going on will serve only others but never the Syrian themselves.
I urge both sides to stop the killing and destruction, it's time to weak up and drive the common sense instead of this ignorance, allow intelligence instead of animosity, express love instead of hate, and finally love your country instead of loving yourself.
May 7, 2012
When we listen to the discussion between the Syrian's, we notice the emotional anger and the build up of disrespect to each other point of view.
May be it's time to look for a better tomorrow, and Syriatomorrow as an independent voice, invite every one to have a civil discussion and respect to each other opinion, no matter how much it's the opposit of ours. I believe that will be the first step toward democracy, because its based on understanding and equlity and also on respect to the freedom of speech, as the corner stone to our future democratic civilization.
God bless our people and bring peace to our families and a better future to our kids.
The Syrian Civil Discussion