December 28th, 2011
05:55 AM ET

Arab League monitors to visit 3 more Syrian cities

Monitors from the Arab League will visit three additional cities in Syria on Wednesday to gauge whether the country is ending a bloody crackdown on protesters.

Observers will visit the flashpoint cities of Daraa, Hama and Idlib, said Alaa Shalaby, a member of the Arab League advance team.

They will also spend a second day in the besieged city of Homs.

Ahead of the monitors visit in Daraa, violence erupted. Four Syrian forces members were killed and 12 wounded after defectors ambushed their convoy, according to the opposition activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Arab League fact-finding team is monitoring an Arab League initiative that calls for President Bashar al-Assad's security forces to withdraw from cities, release detainees and end violence.

But a report from Human Rights Watch says authorities have moved possibly hundreds of detainees to military sites to hide them from observers.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I bet they'll find something wrong everywhere they go in Syria.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    This makes me laugh, it truly does.

    If you're feuding with your neighbor, do you fight when thee's a cop parked outside of your house?

    December 28, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |