Live Ammunition Fired At Protesters In Syria

A U.N. and Arab League brokered ceasefire in Syria was put under new strain today as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters, killing at least five, though there were no reports of the previously common practice of shelling urban areas. Also today, fighting broke out near the border with Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as troops went to clear rebels from the area. Syria’s grassroots Local Coordination Committees reported that gunfire had been heard near the village of Kherbet Joz, near the Turkish border, and dozens of tanks were positioned on the edge of the town.