April 1 - Amateur video out of Syria shows continued unrest despite government pledge to end the violence. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria shows the continued shelling of Homs. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes as the international community is increasing pressure on the government to implement a peace plan. More footage shows a damaged home in Hama. The so-called friends of Syria are calling on President Basher al-Assad to implement the peace plan. On Friday the government said it agreed to a plan presented by special envoy Kofi Annan. The plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and for military forces to leave cities and towns. Video out of Idlib shows funeral services. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 41 people killed across Syria Sunday. The United Nations says that more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began more than a year ago. The government blames the violence on foreign backed insurgent groups. Analysts say if the Annan peace plan falters, the next steps could include a return to the Security Council for a binding resolution, with increased pressure Russia and China to get tough with Damascus. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters