Monday, January 9, 2012

Arab League to increase number of observers in Syria



Arab League officials decided Sunday to bolster the alliance's fact-finding mission to Syria, where thousands have been reported killed by security forces despite ongoing international pressure to halt the violent suppression of popular unrest.

In a statement, released after a meeting of officials in Cairo, the alliance once again "strongly condemned ... acts of violence against civilians."

It reiterated the league's call for Damascus to completely stop acts of violence in order to protect civilians, free political detainees, remove tanks and weapons from cities, and allow outsiders, including the media, to freely travel around Syria and document what's happening.

That includes the 165 observers from the Arab League who are now in the Middle Eastern country. That number will now increase, after the Arab League on Sunday called for more observers and more equipment for this mission. Read More