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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Syrian forces take rebel stronghold of Idlib

(CNN) -- The civilian death toll mounted in Syria Wednesday as the U.N.-Arab League envoy for the country, Kofi Annan, considered a response from Syrian authorities to proposals laid out in weekend meetings, officials said.

Annan "has questions and is seeking answers," said a statement by his spokesman.

"But given the grave and tragic situation on the ground, everyone must realize that time is of the essence. As he said in the region, this crisis cannot be allowed to drag on."

The opposition said 56 people died across Syria Wednesday, including 29 in the rebel stronghold of Idlib, where activists reported Syrian forces had seized control following a four-day military onslaught. Only pockets of the city were held by soldiers who have defected, the activists said.

Annan met last weekend with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in hopes of reaching a diplomatic solution to the yearlong Syrian crisis. Read More