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Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown

Monitors to visit restive city of Homs to probe whether Damascus is taking proper steps to end civilian unrest

Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
Lebanese security officers look on as Syrian Kurds protest outside the Arab League offices in an eastern neighbourhood of the Lebanese capital (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
Syrian demonstrators living in Egypt hold Libya's new flag as they gather for a candlelight vigil in support of anti-government protesters in Syria near the Arab league headquarters in Cairo (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
The initial 50 of 150 Arab League monitors were due to arrive in Syria on Monday, and some will go to Homs on Tuesday, a source at the group's headquarters in Cairo said (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
Their job will be to assess whether Assad is withdrawing tanks and troops from Syria's third largest city as promised (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
The mission's objective is to confirm that the Syrian government is executing the Arab League initiative by withdrawing the military from cities, releasing prisoners and allowing Arab and allowing international media to visit (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
Escaping a city wracked by incessant violence, Syrian Christians from Homs flocked to a nearby monastery to celebrate Christmas (AFP/Getty Images)
Arab League urged to assess key areas of Syrian crackdown
Some residents in Homs said they were running low on food as fighting left them trapped in their neighbourhoods (AFP/Getty Images)