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Rocket Grenades Hit Assad Party Office in Damascus

Assad Rally in Lattakia - June 20, 2010

Assad Rally in Lattakia - June 20, 2010
Photo Credit: courtesy of Sammy.aw, Wikimedia Commons

At least two rocket-propelled grenades hit the offices of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Bath Party pre-dawn on Sunday.  This is the first time in the course of the eight month anti-Assad uprising that a military attack has taken place in the capital city.

The strike occurred just hours after an Arab League deadline demanding that Assad end his violent suppression or face sanctions.  Responsibility was claimed by the Syrian Free Army, a group of army defectors currently based in Turkey.

President Assad was quoted on Saturday saying he would continue battling opposition and would “resist the pressure” being placed on him by opposition forces and by the Arab League.

Assad is calling for parliamentary elections in February or March to create a new Syrian constitution.  In that constitution, according to Assad, legislators will determine how Syrians will choose a president.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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