West wary of Assad peace deal as blasts continue, children face abuse in Syria


National Post | News

• New estimates say 9,000 dead since fighting began

• Youth being targeted, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says: “Children shot in the knees, held together with adults in really inhumane conditions, denied medical treatment for their injuries, [and] either held as hostages or held as sources of information”

• Hillary Clinton skeptical of Assad’s agreement to Kofi Annan peace plan: “We will judge Assad’s sincerity and seriousness by what he does, not by what he says”

By Erika Solomon and Douglas Hamilton

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces kept up heavy weapons fire and siege tactics against opposition strongholds on Wednesday despite President Bashar al-Assad’s acceptance of a peace plan calling for the army to withdraw to its barracks, activists said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported military action against towns and villages from the southern province of Deraa to the Hama region 320 km to the north.

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