Arab Israeli Conflict
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Airstrikes and active air defense across Damascus into the mountains near Lebanon and near Homs 160 km to the north awoke Syrians after midnight in the first hours of Monday.
Explosions were heard in Damascus on Sunday night. According to local reports, the target is the al-Mezzeh airbase, which has been hit by several alleged Israeli airstrikes in the past.
This is a developing story.
Kofi Annan announces first visit to Syria since presenting peace plan; UN nearing full deployment of 300-member unarmed observer forces; Ban blames al-Qaida for recent suicide bombings.
Forces loyal to President Assad shell, rocket embattled town; FSA member: "Rastan has been destroyed."
Reports of summary executions in the rebellious north highlight the West’s impotence in handling the Syria crisis.
By JONATHAN SPYER
Activists say violence has dropped in city of Homs as chief UN monitor arrives; Grenades fired at Central Bank, state TV says.
Smuggling food, medicine to opposition considered by security forces to be "aiding terrorists" and treated as severely as weapons smuggling.
Mediator calls on Syrian forces, opposition fighters to put down their weapons; observer mission subject to assessment.
Observer mission subject to assessment; Independent opposition figure: Post-Assad Syria would seek regional peace.
By OREN KESSLER AND REUTERS
Resolution says observer mission subject to assessment by Ban Ki-moon, notes cessation of violence incomplete.
Activists claim shelling ceased only to make it look as if gov't was abiding by truce; UNSC to vote on increasing monitors.
Team reports abuses by both sides since ceasefire took hold; shelling and arrests by Syrian forces; executions by rebels
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