Syria accepted Arab League plan but no changes on the ground

Posted on | november 5, 2011 | No Comments

Syrian security forces killed at least eight people and wounded dozens as they attacked protesters after Friday prayers. The actions by the government troops casted doubt on whether the Arab League plan, that Syria earlier said it had accepted, will effectively put an end to months of bloodshed.

The government offered an amnesty to anyone with weapons if they reported to police within a week, “as long as they did not commit any crimes of killing,” state television reported. This offer was  not included in the Arab League plan which Syria accepted on Wednesday. Provisions that were part of the plan were a withdrawal of the  army from the cities, the freeing of political prisoners and the start of a dialogue between government and opposition within two weeks.

Violence, however, does not seem to have abated since the agreement was announced. Troops fired on protests that erupted after Friday prayers in many towns, killing at least two people in Kanaker, south of Damascus, two in the city of Homs, where tanks were again in action, and one in Saqba, near the capital, activists said.

AUTHOR: Martin Hijmans
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