Monitors tour Syria, violence continues

Dec. 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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HOMS, Syria, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A member of the Syrian opposition said he was injured by security forces in Homs while monitors with the Arab League toured the restive city.

A team led by Sudanese Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi arrived this week in Syria to monitor the situation as Syria teeters on the brink of civil war. The Arab League monitoring team is tasked with ensuring Damascus is complying with an agreement to pull heavy artillery off the streets.

Abu Jaafar, a spokesman for the opposition Syrian Revolution Council, told al-Arabiya he was wounded in Homs during a trip with the Arab team.

Video posted on the Internet shows Dabi speaking with what appear to be opposition figures in Homs. It was alleged Dabi was unable to access parts of Homs for fear of sniper fire, the Arab broadcaster adds.

State media reported Wednesday that authorities released more than 750 prisoners allegedly linked to the uprising.

Human Rights Watch alleges that Syrian authorities transferred detainees to a military compound off-limits to Arab monitors to influence the perception of the situation.

French authorities suggested Damascus was selective in what it allowed the monitoring team to observe.

The United Nations estimates at least 5,000 people have been killed in the country since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in March. Syria maintains its dealing with an armed insurgency.

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