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Twenty-three die in Syria clashes as UN deadline edges closer

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Twenty-three die in Syria clashes as UN deadline edges closer

Twenty-three die in Syria clashes as UN deadline edges closer
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At least 23 people died following fresh fighting in Syria on Friday, opposition groups said, as a UN deadline to end the bloodshed draws ever nearer.

The Local Coordination Committees of Syria said government forces attacked residential areas of Homs, Daraa and the capital, Damascus.

Euronews cannot independently verify the claims because media access to Syria is heavily restricted.

The renewed violence comes despite assurances from President Bashar Assad that he will withdraw troops from population centres by Tuesday.

A peace deal drawn up by UN envoy Kofi Annan gives all parties until 6:00 am Syrian time on Thursday to end all forms of violence.

Annan’s six-point plan then calls on both sides to find a political solution to the year-long crisis.

Syria has been engulfed by unrest since March 2011 after a government-led crackdown on anti-Assad protesters, calling for an end to the family’s four-decade grip on power.