Violence in Syria despite Arab League plan – activist

2011-11-03 08:44

Beirut – There were violent incidents today in Syria despite the government’s announcement that it had accepted an Arab League plan to end the unrest in the country, an activist told dpa.

“Dawn protests took place in various provinces in Homs, Hama and Idlib calling for the ouster of the tyrant (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad),” said Omar Idlibi, a Syrian activist based in Lebanon.

He added that “soldiers and al-Assad thugs were still manning checkpoints in Homs and its neighbourhood, arresting and killing people”, despite the agreement reached at an Arab League meeting in Cairo yesterday to withdraw “immediately” all troops and intelligence forces from the streets.

“At least one person was killed in the Baba Amro neighbourhood of Homs in shooting by the security forces,” he said.

The Arab League plan provides for a complete halt to violence, the release of those detained as a result of the uprising, the withdrawal of forces from towns and districts where there have been armed clashes, and granting of access to Arab League delegates as well as international media.

More than 3 000 people, including at least 187 children, have been killed in the crackdown since protests began in mid-March, according to the UN.

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