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Human Rights Group Says Rebels Kill 15 Syrian Security Troops

Security forces patrol a street in the district of Al-Waar in the flashpoint city of Homs on May 2.
Security forces patrol a street in the district of Al-Waar in the flashpoint city of Homs on May 2.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which covers the opposition movement against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, says a rebel ambush in northern Syria has killed 15 government forces.

The group claimed the troops, including two colonels, were killed May 2 in the northern province of Aleppo.

It said two rebels were killed.

The report could not be independently confirmed.

The report comes a day after opposition fighters claimed they killed at least 12 government troops in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor and at least 10 people died in a mortar attack in Syria's northern Idlib Province.

On April 30, multiple blasts in Idlib left at least 20 people dead.

The fighting comes as a team of United Nations monitors is in Syria, attempting to uphold an internationally backed cease-fire. The UN says it is aiming to deploy all 300 monitors approved by the Security Council by the end of May.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous told reporters on May 1 that there are currently 24 peacekeepers on the ground, and about 150 observers committed to the mission thus far.

The observers are monitoring a shaky cease-fire which has been in place since April 12.

Ladsous said the observers are reporting violations of the cease-fire by both President Bashar Al-Assad's security forces and opposition groups.

The monitors have been criticized for staying indoors on Fridays, when mass demonstrations have traditionally taken place during the 14-month-long uprising.

Ladsous said the observers are working days and some nights in an effort to help put an end to violence.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and RFE/RL
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 02, 2012 05:49
And this is how this Syria story - that in January was being presented as the one of a "refreshing wind of democratic change" that was being introduced into this sad "Arab dictatorship led by the hated Alevites" (the change was of course going to come from the nation of Beavus and Buthead and from the most democratic country in the world called Saudi Arabia).
So this very story has become one of those boring ones that no one really wants to know a thing about and that is occasionally mentioned on the page 18 of a newspaper. Sad, guys, to see how fast your spirit of democracy promotion has wanished :-)).

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