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  Kislev 23, 5772 , 19/12/11

Report: Syrian Forces Fired on Escaping Soldiers

A report from Syria Monday night said that soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had opened fire on between 60 and 70 soldiers who attempted to leave the country in order to join opposition forces. Human rights groups in contact with Syrian rebels said that forces had killed over 30 people earlier in the day. The revelations on the murder of the soldiers came after Syria signed a deal to allow Arab League observers into the country. The observers would ensure that soldiers do not attack civilians, and that civilian protests do not erupt into violence.

The UN General Assembly on Monday condemned Syria's nine month long attempt to put down the rebellion against Assad. The motion was approved by 143 countries, with 11 opposed and 43 abstaining.

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