Syria Video Roundup: Massacres Ahead of Arab League Visit
Arab League Observers Arrive in Syria as Hundreds are Killed by Assad Forces
The military assault on Syria's civilian population continues. At least 23 people have been killed on December 26 alone, as President Bashar al-Assad cracks down on protesters demanding an end to his decades-long rule.
NPR's Andy Carvin continues to do a phenomenal job monitoring and vetting the info and footage coming out of Syria; you can see his feed below.
50 monitors from the Arab League have arrived in Damascus, but it's not clear how much legitimate access they will have to areas like Homs, which has become an active war zone. Meanwhile, the Syrians themselves have been supplying plenty of video footage to the outside world, which shows Bashar al-Assad's military and police forces using deadly force against civilians.
Syria Crackdown: Eyewitness Video
You can see video footage from Syria below.
The footage is hard to verify, since Syria has restricted its borders to foreign journalists. That, in and of itself, is not a promising sign. By the end of the month, the Arab League plans on having 80 monitors in Syria.
On the ground, residents in Homs on Monday said that army tanks fired shells, machineguns and mortars into their neighbourhoods, and amateur video filmed by anti-government activists showed carnage in a city street.
"What is happening is a slaughter," said Fadi, a resident near Baba Amr neighbourhood who spoke to Reuters news agency on Skype.