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Syria under pressure as Arab deadline expires

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Syria under pressure as Arab deadline expires


As its crackdown on protesters continues, Syria has until the end of the day to sign an Arab deal letting monitors into the country or it could incur sanctions.

The Arab League deadline has officially expired but a source said the door would be left open to Damascus for a few extra hours.

The day after dozens were reported killed, amid an overall death toll of 3,500 according to the UN, the latest amateur footage appears to show no let-up in the onslaught.

Russia opposes sanctions and says it needs more information about a French idea for a ‘humanitarian corridor’ to bring medicine or other supplies to civilians.

“Russia, as a matter of principle, proceeds from the premise that, at this stage, what is needed is not resolutions, not sanctions, not pressure but internal Syrian dialogue,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.

But, meeting his Italian counterpart today, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara was ready to act in unison with the Arab League over Syria.

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