Cease-fire a sign of hope for Syrian refugees?
April 12, 2012 by The IRC
|A Syrian refugee flashes a victory sign while looking out from his bus as he arrives at a refugee camp in the Turkish border city of Kilis April 12, 2012. Syrian troops held their fire in the hours after a U.N.-backed ceasefire took effect at dawn on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Umit Bektas, courtesy Trust.org - AlertNet|
Promising news as a United Nations-brokered truce brings a day of relative calm to Syria after weeks of escalating violence:
“I am encouraged by reports that the situation in Syria is relatively quiet and that the cessation of hostilities appears to be holding,” international envoy Kofi Annan said in a statement today. “Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground.”
The UN estimates 9,000 people have died since anti-government protests began just over a year ago. Many thousands of others have fled to neighboring countries — including Jordan, where the International Rescue Committee is starting up two health clinics and providing other emergency aid to Syrian refugees.
Here are just a few places where we've been following the latest developments:
New York Times, 4/12/12
Reuters AlertNet, 4/12/12
Al Jazeera, 4/12/12
Global Post, 4/12/12
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