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Arab League’s failure in Syria, killing is increasing

 A Syrian Protester covers her face with a Syrian flag as she attends an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo,...
 Protesters wave a big syrian flag during their anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2,...

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A Syrian Protester covers her face with a Syrian flag as she attends an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo,...

Mideast Egypt Syria

Protesters wave a big syrian flag during their anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Arab league headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 2,...

At least 5 people killed in Syrian city of Hams, despite of the peace plan with Arab League. Tank shells slammed into an area that has turned into one of the main centres of both protest and reprisal during the seven-month uprising, activists said.

Bloodshed linked to the military crackdown on dissent and what appear to be sectarian revenge killings has engulfed Homs in recent weeks, killing scores of people in the country's third-largest city.

The new violence is adding to fears that a peace plan brokered by the Arab League is unravelling only days after Damascus agreed to halt its crackdown.

The head of the Arab League warned that the failure of the plan would have disastrous consequences.

The 22-nation bloc's secretary-general, Nabil Elaraby, expressed "deep worries and regret for the continuation of violence all around Syria" despite the deal announced on Wednesday at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo.

The deal called for Syria to halt violence against protesters, but sceptical regime opponents who held large protests on Friday to test the government's word were met with gunfire that killed more than 15 people, activists said.

"The failure of the Arab League solution will have disastrous consequences in Syria and the region," Mr Elaraby said. He urged the Syrian government to take "immediate measures ... to protect civilians and assure everyone".

On Saturday, activists reported more violence, including tank shelling, in Homs. At least five people were killed, according to two main activist groups, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Co-ordinating Committees.

Under the Arab League plan, Syria's government also agreed to pull tanks and armoured vehicles out of cities, release political prisoners and allow journalists and rights groups into the country.

On Saturday, President Bashar Assad marked Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by releasing 553 detainees, according to Sana, the state-run news agency. The detainees were involved in the unrest in the country, but had "no blood on their hands", Sana said. Mr Assad traditionally releases detainees to mark religious or national holidays, but many more are believed to remain in jail as political prisoners.


Updated : 2021-02-28 22:04 GMT+08:00