In an interview given to BBC on Saturday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Syrian President, Bashar al Assad, strengthened his position in recent months and described the situation there as “deadlock”. Rebel forces try for months unsuccessfully to oust al Assad in a conflict that led thousands dead and more fleeing as refugees in neighbouring countries.
Hostilities with the regime has lasted 28 months and left more than 100,000 dead according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), a London-based NGO linked to Syrian rebels.
Eighteen people died just yesterday in a bombing in the city of Ariha, northwest of Syria, by the forces of the regime of Bashar al Assad, announced OSDH.
Earlier last night, the city was the scene of fighting between the rebels and the soldiers of the regime, in which three members of the government forces and two insurgents were killed.
This information could not be independently verified because of restrictions imposed by the Syrian authorities to the work of journalists.
In the interview, the British Prime Minister raised some doubts on the role and beliefs of rebel troops and implied cautiousness as regards the help provided to these forces, as they may be available other alternatives that have not been adequately considered by the international community.
Cameron sees possible an unbiased active involvement of the Syrian people who want the bloodshed ended and democracy established in the Arab country.
“We have problems with a part of the opposition that is extreme, and we should not get involved with it. We should rather negotiate with our international partners to help the millions of Syrians who want a free and democratic Syria,” Cameron said.
However, last week, the UK announced the shipment of 5,000 gas masks, among other equipment, sent to Syrian rebels to protect against the possible use of chemical weapons.