Syrie. (3 Articles et 1 communiqué du Ministère des Affaires étrangères français)
L’armée syrienne aurait repris pied dans la ville de Qoussaïr, ville proche de Homs où des combattants du Hezbollah se battent aux côtés du régime. Le contrôle de Qoussaïr est essentiel pour entrer au Liban ou en sortir. Si cette nouvelle était confirmée, ce serait un coup dur pour les opposants à Assad qui ont déjà perdu des positions le long de la frontière jordanienne et autour de Damas. La perte serait d’autant plus sévère que se profile la conférence internationale visant à mettre fin à la guerre. Les délégués d’Assad s’y présenteraient dans un rapport de forces plus équilibré en leur faveur (19 mai 2013). Le président se dit confiant dans le résultat des élections de 2014.
Syrian army captures town of Qusair
Damascus: Syria | May 19, 2013
By arkar / Allvoices
According to the latest reports, the Syrian army has taken control of the rebel held town of Qusair, a stronghold for the Syrian opposition located in the north of the country.
The storming of the city is said to have taken place earlier today according to Syrian state media, with the Syrian army apparently attacking the town from all sides, eventually capturing it, with many of the town’s main buildings such as the town hall in possession of the army. Qusair itself possess strategic importance as it means that whoever occupies it has access to the coast as well as to neighbouring Lebanon. (…) Syrian state media added that government troops were presently routing rebel soldiers and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview today that the “fight against terrorism” would continue and that in light of the recent announcement by Russia and the US to organize an international peace conference, that the international community should direct their attentions towards cutting the supply of money and weapons to the “terrorists” and that he himself would not step down as a captain does not abandon his ship (…)
Syrian army storms rebel town of Qusair
BBC News Middle East
Heavy fighting is reported in the besieged Syrian town of Qusair after state forces launched a major offensive to re-capture the rebel stronghold. State TV says troops have captured key buildings in the town centre, a claim strongly denied by activists. Rebels say 50 people have been killed while state media says 70 “terrorists” are dead. Lebanese militants are said to be involved - Hezbollah siding with the government, Sunni gunmen with rebels. The town - close to the border with Lebanon - has great strategic value. Its control would give the government access from the capital to the coast.
Syria army ’storms’ rebel town Qusair
Syrian government forces have surrounded the rebel stronghold of Qusair and are storming it from several directions, says Syrian state TV.
19 May 2013 Pazar - 13:34
TIMETURK / News Center
(…) News of the assault on Qusair came as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to continue the “fight against terrorism”. In his first interview since the US and Russia announced plans for a peace conference, Mr Assad told an Argentine newspaper that the meeting should focus on stopping the flow of money and weapons to “terrorists”. He rejected suggestions he might stand down, saying a captain did not abandon his ship and presidential elections next year would determine his future (…)
Syrie - Assaut contre la ville de Qoussaïr (19 mai 2013)
Déclaration du Ministère des Affaires étrangères (France)
« La France est extrêmement préoccupée par la situation à Qoussaïr et s’inquiète des conséquences d’une action militaire massive du régime de Damas et de ses alliés. Elle appelle tous les acteurs en mesure d’éviter un nouveau massacre de la population civile syrienne à se mobiliser dans les meilleurs délais. Toute nouvelle violence entrave sérieusement l’espoir d’aboutir à une solution politique.