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Arab League monitors shown dead child in Syria

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Arab League monitors shown dead child in Syria


As Arab League observers continue their tour of Syrian cities, it seems frightened residents are trying to approach them.

Amateur footage appears to show people in Homs getting close to the delegation leader, Sudanese General Mustafa al-Dabi, and appealing to him.

In another unverified video posted online, the family of a five-year-old boy killed in Homs are shown carrying his body to the visiting monitors.

Despite General al-Dabi saying he was so far ‘reassured’ as he toured Syria to make sure the government crackdown is lessening, others, like Soazig Dollet from France-based NGO Reporters Without Borders, believe President Bashar al-Assad is not really honouring the deal.

“The Syrian regime is making a mockery of respecting the Arab League agreement. As a Human Rights Watch report clearly showed yesterday, some prisons in Homs were emptied and the detainees were transferred to other places,” Dollet said.

Observers have been visiting other troubled regions including Deraa, Hama and Idlib on Thursday.

Estimates from the United Nations put the death toll in Syria at more than 5,000 since the violence escalated in March.

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