Syrian army still targeting civilians despite cease fire deadline looming

The Syrian military fired into a crowd of unarmed women in Homs yesterday, killing two and wounding 4. That's just one incident that occurred on Thursday as the Syrian army continued to use tanks and artillery in restive population centers. CSM: The renewed violence erupted a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the conflict was worsening and attacks on civilian areas persisted, despite assurances from Damascus that its troops had begun withdrawing under the plan. Annan said both the government and opposition must stop fighting at 6 a.m. Syrian time on April 12, if Damascus meets its deadline 48 hours earlier to pull back troops from cities and cease heavy weapons use in populated areas. But activists reported tank fire in at least three urban centers on Friday - the town of Douma near Damascus, the restive city of Homs and Rastan, north of Homs. "Tanks went into Douma last night, then they left. Today at 7:00 in the morning they came back. There has been...(Read Full Post)