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Syrian army defies Arab League deadline

Syrian army defies Arab League deadline
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An Arab League deadline for an end to violence appears to have changed nothing.

As anti-government protests continue in Syria, so too does President Assad’s crackdown on dissent.

Rights activists say at least 17 people were killed on Saturday as the window of opportunity set by Arab states for the regime to comply with a peace plan drew to a close. Eleven of the dead are said to be civilians.

The UN believes at least 3,500 lives have been lost since the unrest began in March.

After suspending Syria, the Arab League warned the regime to end its crackdown on protesters by midnight local time on Saturday or face sanctions.

With no end in sight to the bloodshed, fears are growing that Syria is slipping into civil war.