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04/06/2012 05:46 pm ET

Syria Crisis Digest: March 31-April 6

Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's year-long uprising, as President Bashar Assad’s regime continues its bloody crackdown.

March 31 - April 6 In Review

  • Government forces bombarded Homs, killing dozens, despite Assad's promise to cease fire. Amnesty International noted that hundreds have been killed or detained since Assad agreed to Kofi Annan's plan on March 27.
  • On Thursday, peace envoy Kofi Annan addressed the UN, stating that "Alarming levels of casualties and other abuses continue to be reported daily."
  • A coalition of over 70 partners at a "Friends of Syria" conference hosted in Istanbul agreed to send millions of dollars and communications equipment to Syria's opposition groups. The Syrian government slammed the meeting as an "Enemies of Syria" summit.
  • The U.S. State Department stepped up its aid for the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have spilled into other countries like Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan.

Media Not To Miss

GlobalPost -- 'Syrian Children Detail Torture By Security Forces'

For 13-year-old Hossam, the “ultimate pain” of his torture at the hands of the Syrian forces was when the “terrifying person” with the “huge body” wearing “black and black” drove a screwdriver up into his big toe nail before ripping it out with pliers.

“He was shouting at me, ‘You want freedom? You want to topple the regime?’ And he beat me. They asked me, ‘What is your name? What is your father’s name? Where are you from? Why did you join the protest?’ He showed me a video and said ‘Isn’t that you?’ I said no and he beat me. ‘Isn’t that you?’ No. He beat me. ‘Isn’t that you?’ Yes. He beat me more.”

Al Jazeera -- 'In Pictures: Syria's Old Homs In Ruins'

Constant shelling by government forces and clashes with rebels destroyed homes and ancient mosques and churches.

See the photos here.

Chris Spurlock For The Huffington Post -- 'Syrian Opposition Estimates Double The Government's Death Toll'

The government has restricted access to journalists and aid workers in Syria. The United Nations, opposition groups and the government give varying casualty estimates. But even by the most conservative tally, more than 6,000 people have been killed.


Data from Reuters. Infographic by Chris Spurlock/The Huffington Post.

Reuters -- 'Syrians Don't Want To Take Part In London Games'

Former goalkeeper for the Syrian international soccer team Abdelbasset Saroot said:

“My message as a footballer, athlete and activist first of all is that we are seeing a real massacre here and the world isn’t speaking except of numbers and death tolls.

“These are real people, this is a massacre because people are being butchered, people in the world have forgotten about the humanitarian crisis – houses are being demolished.”

BBC -- 'Syria National Council: Humanitarian Help Plea For Syria'

Dr Bassma Kodmani from the Syrian National Council says that ''concrete measures'' are necessary to address a humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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