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Situation Report: Syrian Cease-fire in Trouble
Image from YouTube video reportedly of protests in Damascus today.
April 13, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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A fragile cease-fire in Syria appears to be fraying in the face of anti-regime protests after Friday prayers today and only partial cooperation by the Syrian government. While there were reports of some regime violence, the UN has refused to portray these incidents as violations of the cease-fire or say that the cease-fire may be failing. The UN is instead pressing the Assad regime to honor all aspects of the peace agreement and hopes to deploy UN peacekeepers in an attempt to promote a lasting cease-fire. The current situation in Syria is extremely volatile and could break down at any time.

Syrian forces reportedly fought with rebels near the Turkish border early today.  There were reports of several Syrian civilians killed by government forces and beatings of some protesters. A Syrian rebel group has put together a list of 31 cease-fire violations by government forces, including shootings in several cities and towns. While protests in mosques were permitted to move out into the streets in some towns, in others, heavy security prevented this. 

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