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Syria Signs Deal To Let In Monitors

Syrian demonstrators protest against the regime in Al-Baidah, near Homs, last month.
Syria has signed a protocol to allow in monitors, part of an Arab League plan that aims to end a nine-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said that the protocol was signed at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Syria has stalled for weeks over signing the protocol on monitors, although it had agreed to other parts of the plan.

The league suspended Syria from the pan-Arab body and announced sanctions against Damascus.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that Syrian security forces shot dead at least six civilians as the regime showed no sign of easing its deadly crackdown on dissent.

compiled from agency reports