A truce of sorts
The truce between the government and rebels which was negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan appears to be holding although there are signs that it is being broken in various places.
Yesterday saw mass protests as troops had withdrawn from urban areas, although there were some indications that snipers were still at work and parts of Homs were said to have been shelled overnight. Up to 13 people are believed to have been killed in Deraa, Hama and Idlib, with reports of greater numbers of protests than at any time since the start of the unrests 13 months ago.
Meanwhile the United Nations Security Council is set to hold a vote later today to send monitors to Syria. The intention is to send an advance team of 30 monitors and then possibly a further 250 monitors at a later stage.