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United Nations – Britain and France submitted a draft to the United Nations Security Council to reinforce its’ disapproval of the Syrian government using militaristic force on its’ people. Although these actions have come under scrutiny, there will not be any sanctions or calls for military action against the Syrian government. The resolution is still being reviewed. China and Russia – both members of the Security Council, have vetoed any involvement by NATO forces, due to the disastrous effects in Libya. South Africa, India and Brazil are of the same opinion.
Members of the Syrian military are defecting and the government is suffering due to soldiers and police officers being killed. Civilians are coming to the rescue of the wounded fighters. President Bashar al-Assad is seeking help from his brother, Maher, because his elite units aimed at a rebellious army could prove to be a decisive move for the government’s continuing power. The army’s elite Fourth Division, headed by Maher al-Assad is the primary force in intelligence operations. Activists are led to believe that his actions are responsible for the deaths of 1,300 people and 10,000 arrests.
Because of the use of force many Syrians are fleeing to nearby Turkey where a refugee camp has already been established. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his concern for the fleeing refugees and continues to support immediate reforms in Syria. One of his positions is that the government allows peaceful protests by civilians without the threat of military force.