Syrian tanks have withdrawn from residential areas in cities, but there are still snipers out, the head of the Arab League said Monday.
"There is still gunfire, there are still snipers and we hope that all that will disappear," Nabil el-Araby told reporters, adding: "There is gunfire from various directions which makes it hard to tell who is shooting.
"There is no doubt that killing is ongoing but I can't pinpoint the numbers," he said.
Tanks remain on the outskirts of cities, he said after an advance team of Arab League monitors returned from the violence-wracked country and began preparing an initial report.
Arab League observers went into Syria in December after the United Nations estimated that 5,000 people had been killed since March in an uprising against the government.
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