In an interview with the US network ABC, Bashar al-Assad said that he feels no guilt about events unfolding in the country since he has given no orders for violence to be used against protesters and that he has done his best to protect Syrians.
“I did my best to protect the people, so I cannot feel guilty,” the Syrian president said.
“We don’t kill our people… no government in the world kills its people, unless it’s led by a crazy person,” Assad added, stressing that “armed criminal gangs” are responsible for the months-long violence in Syria.
He also said that most of those killed during the unrest are his supporters and members of the security forces.
The Syrian president, however, admitted that some mistakes were committed by a number of officials during the unrest, adding that the government does not want to crackdown on protesters.
Assad also shrugged off US-backed sanctions against Syria, calling them ineffective. He also said that his government has kicked off reforms and that elections will be held on December 12.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army has sent reinforcements to Homs to purge the crisis-hit city of “armed terrorists behind the months of unrest in the country. “
The move came one day after armed terrorists groups killed more than 40 people in Homs. The city has recently been the scene of violent clashes between the Syrian forces and armed gangs.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in favor of President Assad. Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
Syrian opposition groups have been interviewing Israeli news outlets over the past few months. The interviews clearly show the opposition’s vision for the future of Syria, and indicate their interest in developing relations with Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, the confession of Syrian rebels to carry out armed activities and killing people as well as security forces proves that recent developments in the country are to be seen as parts of an attempt to start a revolt in order to overthrow the current government and replace it with a US-backed regime.
However, the resolution adopted by the Arab League against Syria has increased the unity of Syrian people. Figures show that during the past weeks, nearly 12 million people have demonstrated in support of President Assad.