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Syria - Apr 27, 2012 - 07:11

Last modified: 27 Apr 2012 04:11


Here's a quick recap of recent developments:

• There are reports of fighting overnight in the town of Douma, despite a visit by the UN ceasefire monitors. The government and opposition groups have blamed each other for the outbreak of violence.

• The United Nations secretary-general says Syria is not complying with the UN-backed peace plan that it agreed to earlier this month.

• Ban Ki-moon says UN observers are reporting the continued presence of Syrian troops and heavy weapons in cities.

• Meanwhile, in an emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the Arab League has called on the UN Security Council to protect Syrian civilians and for more monitors to be sent to the country as soon as possible.

• The UN recently authorised sending up to 300 observers. More UN observers have been arriving in the country, with two of them stationed in the southern province of Deraa. At the moment, there are only 15 monitors inside Syria.

• Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has condemned the Syrian government's continued use of heavy weapons on its people.

"The United States' patience is exhausted, and we are going to be watching very carefully to determine if this observer mission is having the impact that we all hoped it would, even if our expectations were low. And if it isn't, we will be very ready within the 90 day period to come back to this Council and discuss what pressures ought to be applied."

For more detail and context, read our latest news story: Syria 'in contravention' of peace plan

The image below, taken from an unverified video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows an explosion at a local cemetery in Douma on Friday: