A cease-fire deadline passed early Thursday without reports of major attacks in Syria, opposition activists said, prompting dim hopes the warring sides will silence their guns and end more than a year of bloodshed.
A peace plan by international envoy Kofi Annan set a 6 a.m. deadline (11 p.m. ET Wednesday) for government forces and opposition fighters to end the violence that has killed thousands.
In the flashpoint city of Homs, activist Abu Salah reported no explosions or shelling since the deadline passed.
"Interestingly, we have been only hearing the sounds of birds," he said. "However, we have seen the security forces on alert."