April 13, 2012
Syrian opposition is calling for mass rallies as the first reports come in suggesting Thursday’s fragile ceasefire has been broken. Fears of fresh violence in the country are running high.
Syrian troops are clashing with rebels near the border with Turkey, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.
Earlier opposition activists called for mass protests, warning potential participants that president Assad’s government is likely to break Thursday’s truce and shoot.
Burhan Ghalioun, who is head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), said he does not trust the authorities and believes they have their “hand on the trigger”.
The Syrian Interior Ministry has warned only demonstrations agreed with the government will be tolerated by security forces.
early on friday a spokesman for the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has said that the ceasefire has been“relatively respected” by both sides in the conflict.
A UN truce-monitoring force could be deployed to ease the tension if the Security Council agrees a resolution on Syria on Friday.
The draft based on Kofi Annan’s peace plan demands that the government “ensure full and unimpeded freedom of movement throughout Syria for all (observer) mission personnel”.
Monitors should be able to visit any place without prior notice, and interview anyone they want to, in private.
This article was posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:28 am