Violence may derail Syrian peace plan

There was another massacre in Homs yesterday with 13 civilians shot down in cold blood and another 17 killed in the shelling. The body count for yesterday was 53 - a clear sign that whatever peace deal Assad agreed to, he is likely to find an excuse to reneg. Reuters: Syrian troops pounded opposition areas on Saturday, activists said, killing 53 people in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week's U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed. Each side has accused the other of intensifying assaults in the run-up to the truce due to take effect early on Thursday if government forces begin pulling back from towns 48 hours earlier in line with U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan. The military shelled Deir Baalba district in the restive city of Homs, killing four people, the grassroots Local Coordination Committees opposition group said. Thirteen men were also found killed in cold blood in the same area, it...(Read Full Post)