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Plea to Arab League to monitor Syrian flashpoints

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.

PTI

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