When the Arab League thought it had a ceasefire agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, they sent in monitors. When the monitors found themselves in the vicinity of gunfire and the journalists accompanying them were hit with a mortar shell in the city of Homs, the monitors fled the country.
Well, if it worked once….
The six recently arrived United Nations monitors were driving through the Damascus suburb of Arbeen on Wednesday when someone opened fire on anti-Assad demonstrators in the streets. The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that eight people were wounded in the sniper attack.
The monitors are supposed to be setting up the framework for the arrival of up to 300 monitors drawn from several United Nations countries and making the necessary arrangements for the arrival of humanitarian aid for the sick and injured civilians in a dozen cities across Syria.