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Syria - Apr 16, 2012 - 14:25

Last modified: 16 Apr 2012 11:25
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[Image taken from a video uploaded on YouTube allegedly showing aftermath of shelling in Homs today]

Here's a quick recap of recent developments:

• Syrian opposition activists say government forces are continuing to pound the city of Homs with artillery shells and mortar bombs despite a ceasefire which is supposed to be in force.

• The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that two civilians were killed in Hama, and that  Syrian troops had resumed shelling al-Khalidiya, al-Bayada and al-Qarabis neighbourhoods in the city of Homs.

• Clashes also broke out on early morning between elements of the rebel Syrian Free Army (FSA) and Syrian troops in Idlib, the Observatory said.

• Overall violence across Syria has dropped since the ceasefire started four days ago, however, tanks are still firing on civilian areas which raises doubts over the government's commitment to negotiate an end to the conflict.

• UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged "maximum restraint" from the Syrian government and co-operation from the opposition as the first UN military observers arrived in Damascus to monitor a fragile ceasefire.
"It is very important that the cessation of violence must continue," he said at a news conference in Brussels on Monday. "The Syrian authorities must exercise maximum restraint" and "the opposition forces should also fully co-operate."

Read our news story for more detail and context: Clashes in Syria as UN monitors go to work

For more of Al Jazeera's special coverage visit our spotlight page - Syria: The War Within

This video uploaded on YouTube purports to show tank shelling in Gorat al-Shayah, Homs, today:

The video below has not been independently verified