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Geneva - Apr 27, 2012 - 11:18

Last modified: 27 Apr 2012 08:18

Fifteen more ceasefire monitors of a total advance team of 30 are expected to be in Syria by Monday and every effort is being made to deploy the full mission of up to 300 observers, the spokesperson for international mediator Kofi Annan has said.

"We expect the 30 will be on the ground by the end of April, on Monday," Annan spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told the Reuters news agency in Geneva.

"There is no delay... It is a whole process," he said. "They are deploying at remarkable speed."

Syria's government and opposition have traded blame for a deadly explosion in Hama on Wednesday, as a two-week-old UN-backed ceasefire looked increasingly fragile.

Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut in the capital of neighbouring Lebanon, said Annan believes "the more observers on the ground the better it is".

She added that the UN-Arab League envoy "would like as many ears and eyes on the ground as possible".

For more on Syria, read our news story: Syria 'in contravention' of peace plan

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[UN observers travel from the UN office in Damascus to Douma on Thursday, where protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule have been taking place - Photo: Reuters]