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Gunfire In Syria Cities Said To Continue As Arab League Chief Cites Pullback

January 02, 2012

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi says the Syrian military has withdrawn its forces from cities around the country but that there is still gunfire and snipers in some places.

Arabi said observers sent to Syria to see if the government there was complying with promises to end the 10 months of violence had helped to provide food to people in Homs, one of the more restive cities.

The Arab League observers have been criticized by Syrian opposition forces for failing, so far, to properly appraise the level of violence in Syria in public comments.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed on January 2 that army deserters in the northern province of Idlib have raided two military bases in the area and captured "dozens" of soldiers.

It was not possible to independently verify that claim.

The UN estimates more than 5,000 people have been killed since violence broke out in Syria early last year.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/arab_league_gunfire_syria_cities/24440296.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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