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27 killed in Syria violence

04-07-2012 14:16 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Syrian activists say at least 27 soldiers, rebels and civilians have been killed in the latest wave of violence. It came four days before a troop pullback agreed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of a U.N.-backed peace plan.

The Free Syrian Army said it had met a delegation from peace envoy Kofi Annan this week and confirmed its fighters would stop shooting if Assad withdraws his tanks and troops to barracks before a ceasefire deadline next Thursday.

The plan calls for a troop withdrawal by April 10th and a ceasefire by April 12th. Assad told Annan two weeks ago he had accepted the terms. The Annan plan does not stipulate a withdrawal to barracks. It says the army must "begin pullback of military concentrations in and around population centres".

Meanwhile, the official SANA news agency reported a total of 97 detainees who were arrested during the year-long unrest were released on Friday.

SANA said they were released under the belief that they didn't take part in shedding Syrian blood.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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