The Arab League has given Syria a 15-day deadline to enact a cease-fire and to begin a dialogue between government officials and opposition representatives.
However the organisation, meeting at its headquarters in Cairo, fell short of suspending Syria’s membership over its crackdown on protesters despite robustly condemning Damascus.
Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told the 22-member League: “We can’t remain silent about what’s going on Syria. The violence and the killing…The Arab League and all Arab countries have a huge and real responsibility to end this crisis in Syria.”
More unverified amateur video has been posted on the internet. It apparently showed the latest funeral in the town of Deir Al-Zour of an opposition member.
The UN says more than 3,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in mid-March.