Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thousands of Startled Syrians Flee to Lebanon; Flee to Escape Killings, Torture by Syrian Troops

The Daily Mail (British) website reports that thousands of Syrians fled to Lebanon today (March 4, 2012) in one of the biggest surges across the border in a single day, since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began a year ago.

Some 2,000 Syrians fled today -- according to the United Nations' refugee agency -- as people tried to escape the shelling and other violence.

The surge comes as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on March 2 that he had received "grisly reports" that Syrian troops were executing and torturing people in Homs, after insurgents abandoned their positions.

A Reuters witness on the Lebanese-Syrian border heard heavy shelling coming from the nearby Syrian town of Qusair earlier today, and saw mainly women and children fleeing toward Lebanon on foot.