Syrian Forces have been accused of killing more than 200 people in the run up to today’s arrival of an advance group of Arab League peace plan monitors.
Arab League efforts to stop the crackdown have been criticised by the opposition which after 48 hours of what it calls “bloody massacres” are calling for ‘safe zones’ under international protection.
The Arab League’s answer to the continued bloodshed is its deal struck with Damascus. A 150 strong team of observers will eventually arrive to see if Syria will stop the violence.
Meanwhile in the capital President Bashar al-Assad, who says he has already pulled the army out of the cities, claims he has strong support after thousands filled the city centre showing their loyalty to the regime.