CAIRO - Muslim scholars in Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world, have issued a fatwa calling for the killing of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad over the deaths of thousands of civilians in a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protests.
Killer Bashar Al-Assad should be killed, Nasr Farid Wasil, Egypt's former mufti, told The Freedom and Justice Party's newspaper on Wednesday, March 14.
He who fires a bullet against his people is cursed and a war criminal who should be punished.
More than 8,000 Syrians have been killed in a deadly crackdown by Assad's security forces on protests demanding an end to Assad's 11-year rule.
Syrian authorities say they are fighting terrorists, who have killed 2,000 soldiers and police.
Anti-regime activists have spoken of daily massacres being committed by Asssad's forces in rebellious cities.
On Monday, activists said 57 people, including 26 children and 21 women, were killed by Assad's forces in Syria's third largest city Homs.
Activists said some of those killed had their throats slit and others bearing stab wounds in the Karm al-Zeitoun and Al Adawiyeh neighborhoods of the besieged city.
Syrian authorities accused terrorist gangs of being behind the killings with the aim of sparking an international outcry against Damascus.
After completing its assault in Homs, Syrian army troops intensified operations in the north, shelling the town of Idlib for the past three days.
An activist in the town said on Tuesday security forces had killed more than 20 people trying to leave the area in the past two days and dumped their bodies in al-Bilal mosque.
When locals went to inspect the corpses, they too came under fire, pushing the death toll above 50, the activist told Reuters.
"When people came from the neighborhood early this morning, the security forces also started firing at them. In total, about 45 people were massacred," said the activist, who like many in Syria gave only his first name, Mohammed, for fear of reprisals.
Muslim scholars called for Assad's killing over the daily civilian bloodshed in Syria.
Killing Bashar Al-Assad is a must after he shed the blood of his people and raped their women, Dr Hashem Islam, a member of Al-Azhar's Fatwa Committee, said.
He stressed that Islam bans the killing of human beings.
The crimes being committed by killer Bashar are banned by Islam and will not achieve security, he said.
Sheikh Abdel-Moneim Al-Bari, former chief of Al-Azhar scholars front, agrees.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad should be killed for helping halt the brutal massacres being committed against peaceful civilians in Syria, he said.
Al-Bari, a former member of Al-Azhar's Fatwa Committee, said that Assad's crimes violate all religious and human norms.He deserves a swift punishment.