Prospects For Syrian Ceasefire Fade

Prospects for the implementation of a U.N. brokered ceasefire in Syria are fading as the Syrian military continues to target civilians. At least 30 people were killed in a military bombardment of al-Latmana, northwest of the city of Hama, including 17 children and eight women. The military has shown no signs of a scheduled army withdrawal from urban areas by Tuesday as violence spilled into Lebanon and Turkey today resulting in the death of four people, including a Lebanese cameraman. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told Reuters that the Syrian government was trying to “stall for time” by demanding a written guarantee that opposition forces would disarm before it withdraws troops from civilian areas.