http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middle...722304378.htmlhttp://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opi...=MasterAccountSatellite images show ruined deserted Homs
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO120...ent-funded.htmSentiment about Syria in Lebanon is mixed, as refugees flood in and survive thanks to goodwill.
Plan to Help Syrian Refugees Only 20 Per Cent Funded
Russia & West headed fr nother battle in UNSC:West push draft reso thrtning poss sanctions gainst Syria if it dithers, Rus pushing own reso
the western one was introduced by French, agreed by US, France Brit(probably Morocco) and I suspect it wd have broader support
Council dip" UNSC now negotiating one text on UN mission, downplays differences between Russia and West, say they're "working towards" pact
I sense irritation over my characteristic of dustup bet Russ & West. If that's not case it suggests west not tht serious bout snctions
UN Sec. Council to meet at 11 am on Saturday to vote on resolution authorizing up to 300 unarmed military observers for Syria truce
Under the proposed resolution, the full mission would have an initial three month mandate to monitor the cessation of hostilities which started on April 12.
European nations had wanted the threat of sanctions to be included in the resolution if Assad did not keep the commitments. But the final draft text talks only of backing the resolution with "further steps as appropriate."
It calls for Ban to report back to the council on Syria's compliance within 15 days.
There are seven monitors already in Syria from Morocco, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland and Norway after the council authorized an advance team of up to 30 on Saturday.
A new resolution is needed for a further "initial deployment" of up to 300 as recommended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
https://twitter.com/#!/BSyriaHama: An artillery shell fell near the Huda Mosque. Five tanks have entered the city from the airport, along with military aircraft flight.
Hama: Maardes: Regime army, backed by tanks and armored vehicles raided the village. Gunfire in area.
pro-rev Syria celeb singer Asala pledges upcoming Cairo concert proceeds to Syria's refugees& internally displacd
Um...then maybe you shouldn't have waited all day to explain this ridiculous statement....
https://twitter.com/#!/ahfawzi"We don't want to be used as a tool for escalating the situation. So we will avoid going on patrols on Fridays," the head of the team, Colonel Ahmed Himmiche from Morocco, said
UN Chf Observer words taken out of context. They work Fridays & tdy were regrouping, dealing w admin & logistics & planning 4 patrol tmrw.
Thank you Sweden for supporting Annan plan to stop bloodshed & resolve crisis thru political process. Its only plan in town.
BREAKING: Multiple sounds of explosions heard in #Damascus moments ago. More news as it comes.
BREAKING: Damascus: Barzeh: Defections in the Military Police Branch - explosions heard inside the building moments ago!
BREAKING: Damascus Suburbs: Arbeen: "Extremely powerful' explosions heard in the city. Source not yet known.
https://twitter.com/#!/RobertMackeyFor the last few days, my calls with an activist in al-Khalediyeh end with, "Goodbye. This may be the last time we speak."
Did you know activists in Khalediyeh collect scarce fuel for small generators to power computers to upload YouTube videos?
Most days I try to brush off his goodbyes to exhaustion, but today's goodbye was too long & too sad. He is prepared to die.
He survived Feb, March & now April under shells. He watched as his friends were killed. He filmed his father's broken body.
video from Dara'a yesterday showed chief mil. observer telling family burned out of their home: "I'm not a human rights specialist"
Protest in Mazzeh, Damascus
Protest in Douma, Damascus suburbs
Protest in Saqba, Damascus surburbs
Protest in Homs, (not sure where).