Syria Continues Assault on Homs

23 reported killed yesterday as Arab League seeks peacekeepers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 13, 2012 12:44 PM CST
In this citizen journalism image, a Syrian girl holds her doll as a killed child with a slogan against Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, near Damascus.   (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)
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(Newser) – Syrian tanks have relaunched their assault on Homs, shelling the beleaguered city for a 10th day today after the government's rejection of the Arab League's attempts to launch a UN peacekeeping mission in the country. The League's push was today also rejected by Russia, which said a ceasefire—by both the government and the opposition—must precede such a mission. "The tragedy is that the armed groups that are confronting the forces of the regime are not subordinate to anyone and are not under control," said a Russian official.

The Arab League is calling for the quick deployment of a 3,000-strong peacekeeping force, including members from UN countries. But past experience suggests the UN won't agree to such a mission "when there is no peace to keep," notes the New York Times. The League's earlier monitoring mission consisted of just 200 people; its head, Mohammed al-Dabi, left the job yesterday. At least 23 were reported dead in continued fighting yesterday across several cities. (Read more Syria stories.)

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