According to ABC News, today’s deadline for the six-point peace plan fostered by U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan came and went as violence ensued in Syria.
The plan, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to, called for regime forces to pull back their troops to the barracks today and a complete ceasefire Thursday.
And while Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem told reporters at a press conference in Russia that troops and weapons were being withdrawn, the opposition reported “shelling in the restive city of Homs and near the second-biggest city Aleppo, heavy weapons and aircraft used against the southern city of Daraa, and clashes and raids elsewhere around the country,” according to the article.
The international community was skeptical about whether al-Assad would abide by the agreement. And the skepticism grew when al-Assad issued a demand over the weekend, calling for the opposition to issue a written agreement that they will lay down their weapons. The opposition group denied the request.
According to the article, The Local Coordination Committees of Syria read a statement saying,“The United Nations’ and Arab League’s failure to rein in this regime and put an end to the killing, destruction, arson, and rape, is contributing to the deteriorating humanitarian situation and will likely result in this domestic conflict spilling beyond Syria’s borders.”
Violence has already ensued beyond Syria’s borders. On Monday, Ali Shaaban, a cameraman for the Al Jadeed television station, was killed in Lebanon by Syrian forces who were firing from the Syrian village, Armouta. Several were also injured in Turkey as Syrian forces began shelling a refugee camp just across Syria’s border.
With the ceasefire agreement practically null and void and the continuing violence, Annan said he would write a letter to the U.N. Security Council, who he is supposed to meet with today.