Analysis

Syria: Ongoing Violence Puts UN Mission, Cease-fire in Doubt
Image from YouTube video reportedly of smoke rising from the town of Homs after shelling by the Syrian Army today.
April 17, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Expanding violence in Syria is placing a shaky cease-fire in doubt as UN observers begin their second day in the country. The United States has questioned whether a UN peace plan can move forward if the violence continues while Russia is blaming foreign actors for promoting violence by Syrian rebels.

Syrian rebels claim government forces expanded their crackdown this week.  Shelling continued today against Homs and was expanded to the town of Busra al-Harir.  Syrian opposition groups said between 26 and 55 were killed yesterday from government attacks. 

 

A six-man UN monitoring force in the country demanded access to areas being shelled by the Syrian army but are still negotiating access rules with the government.  The rest of the 30-man UN observer team approved by the Security Council will arrive later this week.

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