Report: First Arab monitors leave Cairo for Syria

By REUTERS
December 26, 2011 18:43

 
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CAIRO - A first batch of Arab monitors left Cairo on their way to Syria on Monday to assess whether Damascus is adhering to a plan to end a nine-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad's rule, an airport security source said.

"They are 60 in total. Fifty are monitors and 10 are from the Arab League secretariat," said the source, who added that they were on a private Egyptian airplane.

The observer mission will eventually include about 150 people, League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told Reuters last week.

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