Syria’s Military Withdraws from Residential Areas, Gunfire Resumes


0  Updated at 3:23 pm, January 2nd, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)(CAIRO, Egypt) — Criticism continues of the soft approach of the Arab League mission in Syria.

The League Secretary-General said on Monday that Syria’s military has withdrawn from residential areas and is on the outskirts of the country’s cities, but gunfire continues and snipers are still a threat.

The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed in a crackdown on protests which broke out against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March.

Arab League chief Nabil Elbaraby was speaking in Cairo as Arab League monitors gathered in Syria to check compliance with a peace plan. He said the League would report on the work of the monitors over the first week and decide if more were needed there.

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