As cease-fire in Syria dissolves, an all-out civil war looms

April 25, 2012

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(AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)
According to activists in Idlib, U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns.

A UN-brokered cease-fire in Syria, in place since April 12, has had little effect on stemming the violence that has raged for more than a year now. Yesterday, three members of the Syrian security service were killed in Damascus. Reports also suggest that government forces have been keeping a low profile in the presence of UN monitors and then resuming their attacks once they leave.

The UN Security Council still backs the cease-fire and is preparing to send hundreds of additional monitors in the coming months. Yet many are skeptical over whether this plan will actually end the conflict. Mohyeddin Kassar is the president of the Syrian American Society. He gives Worldview an update on the crisis in Syria.