Syrian Opposition Calls For ‘International Protection For Civilians’ Following Deadly Clashes

Syria’s opposition is calling for “international protection for civilians” in the city of Homs following deadly clashes between Syrian government forces and alleged army defectors. The Syrian National Council urged the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab league to take actions “to stop the massacre committed by the regime.” A statement from the National Council called on the international community to send “Arab and international observers, instantly, to the city of Homs to oversee the situation on the ground, and prevent the regime from continuing to commit brutal massacres.” At least 70 people have been killed since Bashar al-Assad’s government agreed to an Arab League peace plan on Nov. 2, committing the government to ending violence against anti-government protesters. The U.N. estimates that more than 3,000 people have been killed in Syria since the crackdown against anti-regime protests began in March.