Plea to Arab League to monitor Syrian flashpoints
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Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:21
Damascus: The opposition Syrian National Council appealed on Sunday for the Arab League to send observers immediately to the besieged city of Homs and other hot spots of a bloody crackdown on dissent.

The call came a day before a first group of Arab League observers is set to arrive in Syria to begin monitoring a deal the 22-member bloc agreed with the government in Damascus aimed at ending more than nine months of violence.

"Since early this morning, the (Homs) neighbourhood of Baba Amr has been under a tight siege and the threat of military invasion by an estimated 4,000 soldiers," said the SNC, the main umbrella group of opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

"The Syrian National Council demands that the Arab League observers go to Homs immediately, specifically to the besieged neighbourhoods, to fulfill their stated mission," it added in a statement.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that security forces pounded Baba Amro with mortar and heavy machinegun fire, killing an undetermined number of people and wounding 124 others.

It earlier reported one civilian killed in the city's Karm al-Zeitun district.

The Observatory said 26 people were arrested and tortured in public in nearby Rastan, and that one civilian was killed by security forces in eastern Deir Ezzor province.


First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:21

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