Monday, January 2, 2012

Syria unrest: League warns of gunfire and snipers

Note: Conflicting reports continue to come out of Syria with articles stating today that gun fire is still a threat whilst others report that all is calm.

Gunfire is continuing and snipers are still a threat in Syria, the Arab League secretary general has said.

The Syrian military has withdrawn heavy weapons from residential areas and is on the outskirts of cities, Nabil al-Arabi added.

The UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests since March.

About 60 Arab League observers have been in Syria since Tuesday to monitor compliance with a league peace plan.

But there has been no let-up in violence, and activists say more than 150 people have been killed since the observers arrived.

Activist group the Local Co-ordination Committees said 10 more people were killed on Monday, six of them in the flashpoint city of Homs.

Correspondents say many demonstrators are becoming frustrated at the league's inability to stop the killings.

There has also been criticism of the head of the monitoring team, Sudanese Gen Mustafa al-Dabi - who is regarded by some as biased towards the Syrian government. Read More