25 Dec '11, 1pm

Arabs urged to monitor Syrian flashpoints

DAMASCUS: The opposition Syrian National Council appealed Sunday for the Arab League to immediately send observers to the besieged city of Homs and other hotspots 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 nine months of violence. "Since early this morning, the (Homs) neighbourhood of Baba Amro has been under a tight siege and the threat of military invasion by an estimated 4,000 soldiers," the SNC said in a statement received in Nicosia. "This is in addition to the nonstop bombing of Homs that has been going on for days," said the council, the main umbrella group of opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. The central city of Homs has been a focal point of the Assad government's crackdown on ...

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