Syria rejects Arab League unity plan

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Syria rejects Arab League unity plan

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Discord within the Arab League is threatening to undermine its decision to extend its mission in Syria.

Despite calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down in favour of a unity government, Saudi Arabia’s decision to withdraw its monitors has put the mission in jeopardy.

The Syrian army in Homs may not be in full control but soldiers are heavily present in the city’s main squares.

Residents say Homs has been left in ruins with chaos created by what they call the “clear” killing in the country.

Syria has rejected the League’s plan for Assad to quit. A government official described the proposal as “flagrant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

Since its observation mission began last month, the Arab League says there have been nearly 140 deaths on both sides.

Human rights groups say more than 6,000 people have been killed since Assad’s government began a crackdown on popular protests ten months ago.

The government has blamed the deaths on militants.