» 03/22/2012, 00.00
Lebanese border village shelled as UN calls for a stop to the violence
The village of al-Qaa is hit, wounding one person. The UN Security Council adopts a statement with Russia and China voting in favour.
The battle for Damascus continues as rebels take over border posts
With 302 deaths, yesterday was the worst day since the start of the uprising. Syria's national security chief was among the dead. Rebels seize border posts with Turkey and Iraq. After Russia-China veto at the Security Council, the UK and the US announce new initiatives in favour of the rebels. Moscow complains.
UN calls for humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp
The situation for the camp’s 18,000 refugees has been described as "beyond inhumane". Once opposed to Assad, the camp has seen groups realign with al-Nusra side with the Islamic State group, and Palestinians and the Free Syrian Army work with the Syrian army.
Ceasefire between regime and rebels appears to be holding
Syrian Human Rights Observatory chief reports calm across the country. UN- and Arab League-sponsored ceasefire came into effect at 6 am (local time). In case of violation, Syrian military and the Free Syrian Army threaten to resume hostilities. Clashes were reported yesterday in Homs and other Syrian cities.
Syrian crisis: Armed opposition threatens civil war
Frustration is building over Arab League observers mission and its inability to stop the violence. This Saturday, League foreign ministers will meet. Head of Free Syrian Army Riad al-Asaad said his group would “escalate its operations” and make a “transformative shift” in the struggle.
United Nations presses for free and credible polls in Lebanon
Security Council insists on conducting elections on planned date and expresses concern over lack of progress on militia disarmament.
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