November 12, 2011- The first eleven days of November may end up being the bloodiest of the eight-month uprising in Syria. People are being yanked out of their own homes and later turning up dead, often times being grossly mutilated. Soldiers are said to be shooting former government supporters who have defected to the opposition.
A group for human rights says people have received electric shocks and detainees are being tortured with hot iron rods. Over 250 civilians have been killed in Syria in November as the conflict nears a civil war.
Since a heavy-handed crackdown started in March, the United Nations estimates over 3,500 people have lost their lives. More deaths have taken place in the last few weeks as more protesters have decided to use arms to defend themselves. This has changed the face of the movement since it has largely been a peaceful one.
Many people worry this change of face for the movement is beneficial to the regime as if gives the government an excuse to crackdown even harder on protestors in the country.
Reports have also circulated that fierce bloody battles are taking place between the military from the regime and defectors from the army. Even though the protests have created international isolation for the country, it seems as though President Bashar Assad continues to be in full control.