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Syria violence escalates ahead of ceasefire deadline

Syria violence escalates ahead of ceasefire deadline
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As the government ceasefire date approaches on April 10, the violence shows no sign of slowing down in Syria.

Rebels are rejecting a demand from President Bashar al-Assad that they provide written guarantees to end their attacks, instead accusing the administration of trying to derail the peace plan. The opposition say they will not deal with Damascus while the government assaults continue.

A report by international organisation Human Rights Watch accuses the authorities of summarily executing over 100 wounded or captured opposition fighters and civilians.

Middle East envoy Kofi Annan, who brokered the ceasefire agreement, has called the lastest escalation of violence “unacceptable”.

Homs and Idlib continue to see most of the fighting, with activists reporting the deaths of nearly 70 people over the weekend.

An increasing number of refugees have crossed into neighbouring Turkey, and the government there has opened a new camp around 70 kilometres from the border in Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province.

The facility can house up to 20,000 people and is prepared for a possible large influx if the ceasefire fails.