Shelling and rocket fire erupted in Syria on Wednesday as international envoy Kofi Annan held out hope that government forces and the opposition will meet a looming deadline to end all hostilities.
Annan said a cease-fire can still be reached by Thursday, when a peace plan he brokered calls for the government and the opposition to lay down their weapons. The deadline expires at 6 a.m. Syrian time (11 p.m. ET Wednesday).
Syria's self-imposed deadline to pull back government forces came and went Tuesday as attacks continued nationwide, sparking condemnation against the regime.FULL STORY