Fighting rocks Syria,spills across borders

International envoy Kofi Annan brokered a cease-fire,but the plan is in tatters

Written by Associated Press | Kilis | Published: April 10, 2012 12:58 am

The bloody conflict in Syria spilled across two tense borders Monday when gunfire from government forces killed a cameraman in Lebanon and wounded at least 23 people in a refugee camp in Turkey,two of whom later died.

The violence came as a UN-brokered truce plan set to take effect on Tuesday all but collapsed,bolstering fears that the uprising could spark a broader conflagration by sucking in neighbouring countries.

International envoy Kofi Annan brokered a cease-fire,but the plan is in tatters. Syrian troops were meant to pull out of population centres by Tuesday morning,but President Bashar Assad’s government on Sunday introduced a new,last-minute demand,saying forces cannot withdraw without written guarantees from opposition fighters that they will lay down their arms.

Syria’s main rebel group,the Free Syrian Army,rejected the government’s demand.

In the latest violence,Ali Shaaban,a cameraman for the Al Jadeed television station,was filming in Lebanon’s Wadi Khaled area when a bullet pierced his chest,Lebanese security officials said.

Earlier in the day,Syrian forces fired into a refugee camp in Turkey,causing the death of two people among the 23 wounded. The soldiers were apparently firing at rebels who tried to escape to the refugee camp after ambushing a military checkpoint,according to the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Also Monday,Human Rights Watch said it has documented the killings by Syrian forces of 85 civilians,including women and children,and the summary executions of at least 16 wounded or captured opposition fighters.

Activists said Monday that the military bombarded al-Latmana,northwest of the city of Hama,killing 30 people.

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