Arab League to Unveil Syria Plan as Violence Continues

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Violence continued in Syria Wednesday with at least nine deaths as the Arab League is expected to announce a plan to curb the months-long government crackdown on dissenters.

Syrian activists say gunmen killed nine factory workers Wednesday in the Homs province village of Kfar Laha. Details of the incident were not clear.

The deaths come as an announcement is awaited from the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo. A Syrian state news report says Syrian authorities and an Arab League ministerial committee have come to terms on a “final document.”

Specifics of an agreement have not been released.

Earlier this week, Arab League diplomats disclosed a proposal calling for the Syrian government to withdraw security forces from the streets, stop violence by pro-government forces against civilians, and begin talks with the Syrian opposition in Cairo.

On Friday, the 22-member league sharpened its criticism of Syria after rights activists said Syrian security forces had shot and killed dozens of anti-government protesters as part of a widening crackdown on dissent.

The United Nations says the number of people killed in the seven-month-old uprising has surpassed 3,000. The Syrian government says terrorists have killed hundreds of security personnel during that period.