April 16th, 2012
02:50 AM ET

U.N. monitors to begin work in Syria on Monday

The first members of a U.N. observer team will begin their work in Syria on Monday, tasked with monitoring a tenuous cease-fire that is showing signs of collapse.

"They will be liaising with the Syrian government, security forces and the opposition members to establish the monitoring process across the country," said Kieran Dwyer, a spokesman for peacekeeping missions at the United Nations.

But since the deadline for the cease-fire passed on Thursday morning, reports of deadly violence at the hands of the regime continued.

At least 23 people died across Syria on Sunday, including 11 in the besieged city of Homs, opposition activists said. Government helicopters pummeled Homs from the sky, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists.

But the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency blamed "armed terrorists" for violating the cease-fire, quoting an unnamed military official's assessment that the groups "have hysterically escalated their aggressions on the army, the law enforcement forces and the civilians."

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  1. Greek American

    I wonder how that UN meeting went, "OK we will begin with the Syrian monitors issue. Now who would like to volunteer?"

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