BEIRUT – Syrian troops stormed
and shelled districts in a suburb of the capital Damascus Sunday,
activists said, a day after the Security Council voted to expand the
number of U.N. truce monitors from 30 to 300 in hopes of salvaging an
international peace plan marred by continued fighting between the
military and rebels.
An eight-member team is already on the ground in Syria, and since
Thursday has visited flashpoints of the 13-month-long conflict. Fighting
generally temporarily stops when the observers visit an area, but there
has been a steady stream of reports of violence from towns and regions
where they have not yet gone.
"This U.N. observers thing is a big joke," said Mohammed Saeed, an
activist in the sprawling Damascus suburb of Douma, which came under
fire from regime troops on Sunday. "Shelling stops and tanks are hidden
when they visit somewhere, and when they
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