The U.N. Security Council has unanimously agreed to send an advance 30 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the ceasefire that took effect two days ago.
The Security Council expressed its unanimous support of’s settlement blueprint for Syria. It also welcomed the fact that Thursday’s ceasefire is largely holding and regretted the loss of thousands of lives in the Syrian conflict.
Russian U.N. Ambassadorsaid on Saturday that Moscow was satisfied with the latest Western-Arab draft resolution as Russian Foreign Ministry urged the U.N. to speed up talks with the Syrian government on deploying international observers to Syria.
In violation of the ceasefire,Syrian forces on Saturday morning bombed for an hour the city of Homs on the third day of the cease-fire, according to a Syrian NGO. No casualties had been reported in the bombing of two districts there, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In the months before the truce, Homs, the third largest city, was heavily bombed, including its symbol Baba Amr district where the rebels were entrenched and which was taken over by the army on March 1 after a month of destructive shelling. The cease-fire was fragile in the past two days and ended with the deaths of 18 people, mostly civilians.
But Rights groups and activists reported that at least 20 people were killed and most of them were in Homs and Aleppo.
Meanwhile, a Syrian state-run media report blamed an escalation of terrorist groups for rising military and civilian deaths. An army colonel Mohammed Eid, was kidnapped by armed men while he was driving to his post in the central province of Hama.