Syrian forces fire on UN monitors as Annan acknowledges peace plan has failed

The United Nations monitors arrived in Syria and were promised access to perform humanitarian work in towns ravaged by violence. The promise disppeared, but the violence did not as the UN monitors were fired upon by forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

UN envoy acknowledged that the peace plan was close to failure as the fall into complete civil war was “imminent.” Despite the brutally brazen attacks on peacekeepers and citizens, China and Russia both reiterated their opposition to any manner of intervention in the crisis.

The violence, reports the International Committee of the Red Cross, is creating an associated crisis as Syrians flee their homes to escape the bombing raids – one which could threaten the stability of regional neighbors, including Lebanon.

The Institute for the Study of War analyzes the political struggles that lie ahead for Syria even if the massacres and violence end.

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