Violence said to continue in Syria, flouting peace plan [Video]
Fresh violence in Syria on Monday added to frustration there and around the world that attacks have not ceased since the regime and rebels agreed to halt their fire weeks ago.
The Syrian government blamed "terrorists," its usual term for the rebels, for two car bombings in northern Syria. Opposition activists, in turn, spread amateur videos punctuated with the sounds of gunshots to back up their continued claims that the regime had not hewed to the peace plan.
In the amateur video above, purportedly shot in the town of Ariha in Idlib province on Monday, gunfire is heard as the camera focuses on shuttered shops and an empty street. Someone behind the camera says that the city is under a general strike, with stores and offices closed.
Continued news of shooting, shelling and other attacks in Syria has added to Western skepticism that the truce brokered by United Nations and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan will hold. British Foreign Secretary William Hague added to the chorus of concern on Monday, when he was reported to have said, "There is a limit to the patience of the international community on this."
Here are a few more glimpses of what is reported to be happening in Syria on Monday, as seen through amateur video. The Times could not independently confirm the events shown.
In the video below, a massive march, said to be a funeral procession for someone killed by government forces, makes its way through the Damascus district of Kfar Souseh:
This video purports to show a tank rolling in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Opposition activists have reported that the security presence outside the city has thickened:
The next video is said to show a demonstration by students at Aleppo University. The cameraman films a crowd of protesters chanting "God is great" from a few floors above. Curious bystanders are seen hanging over the fence to get a glimpse of the protest. Several demonstrations have been reported at Aleppo University throughout the uprising:
-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut and Emily Alpert in Los Angeles