March 31st, 2012
03:53 AM ET

Clashes erupt in Syria despite demands for cease-fire

The Syrian military clashed with defectors in the capital of Damascus on Saturday as regime forces bombarded other towns with heavy gunfire despite the United Nations' call for a cease-fire, opposition activists said.

Gunfire between both sides erupted in the Homs neighborhoods of Baba Amr and Jouret Al-Arayes, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. Early-morning shelling also targeted other various areas in Daraa, Idlib, Hama and the Damascus countryside, opposition activists said.

The latest violence comes after a U.N. special envoy ordered President Bashar al-Assad to implement a peace plan and not await concessions from the opposition.

"The government must stop first and then discuss a cessation of hostilities with the other side and with the mediator," Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan said Friday. "We expect him to implement this plan immediately."

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  1. Mary

    Also....I am a 450lb obese slob with lots of facial hair...and I just sh!t my pants.

    March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    What I would like to write, correctly, is b a s t a r d i z e d, b a s t a r d being the right spelling, not basterd.

    CNN, alas, won't let me write this.

    March 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ¬©

      @ banasy©
      I tried using the word bas tard yesterday. The ever so popular "Your comment is being moderated for content popped up and POOF it was gone. I even split the word up. Let's see if the "moderators are on the job today.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ¬©

      @ banasy
      I just tried using that B word again. And again "my comment is awaiting moderation." I wonder if you can still say ass or damn ?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Welcome all my friends
    to the show that never ends.
    We're so glad you could attend.
    Step inside, step inside.

    Those words sound so appropriate with the daily updates on Syria. It sure seems like the worldstage show that never ends.
    If this were a fantasy, I would call it, The Neverending Story.

    March 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Emerson, Lake, and Palmer!

      Tomato, to mah to, who cares?

      Anyway, Mary, that's why I spelled it that way.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hamsta

      looks like you bleeding heart socialists are turning on each other

      March 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Trollamsta, shhhhhh.

      March 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Yes your correct I hit the *e* instead of the *a* b a s t a r d i z e d

    March 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Keep spouting your drivel Donna
    Good nite
    Have fun

    March 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You asked me a question, Jazzzzzzz, and I answered it.
      I do not understand why you are getting offended when you asked *me* the question in the first place.

      Have a lovely evening, and a fine weekend.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, and the Emerson, Lake and Palmer was in reply to bobcat, who referenced them.
      It was directly beneath his reply, but I *did* add a message to you in it.
      Although I hardly think E.L.P. is drivel, I can see why it confused you.

      March 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ mary, i dont correct anyones spelling normally, i did make an exception today however, when someone was trolling YOU! Which is how i guessed it to be a troll btw! I think its petty and imo *friends* are more loyal than that, & wouldnt embarress friends!

    March 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Facebook Alternative

    Is anyone surprised?

    March 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facebook Stalker

      The better to snoop with, my dear!

      March 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasys so called friend

    lol @ banasy, its like talking to a post!

    March 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    I just dropped a duece in my shorts.

    March 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. @chrissy's Troll

    Fiber would help, troll.

    March 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    lol @ my troll, i like hip hop but not so much i would drop em in my shorts! And i cant imagine that duo would tolerate it much either. You may wanta drop something else in there.

    March 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ bobcat, im bettin that wasnt Joey. He would never trash talk banasy. And @ Facebook Stalker, not a snoopy kinda person myself.

    March 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ chrissy

    Maybe that wasn't Joey, but damn that was funny. Wasn't he responding to Resident ?

    March 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • hamsta

      afraid to shoot off your big mouth now little boy dumbcat

      March 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    yea @ bobcat, and im sure you can guess WHO resident is.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ¬©

      Yeah you are probably right, but still that was funny.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    yea and you aint hamsta, so youre a fine one to talk troll!

    March 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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