Despite Arab League accord, Syrian troops kill 11

President Bashar Assad  of Syria waves to supporters after attending the prayer of Eid al-Adha on Sunday. Worshipers in the Homs region offered special prayers for the Muslim holiday with explosions and gunfire in earshot.

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President Bashar Assad of Syria waves to supporters after attending the prayer of Eid al-Adha on Sunday. Worshipers in the Homs region offered special prayers for the Muslim holiday with explosions and gunfire in earshot.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrians in the restive region of Homs performed special prayers for a major Muslim holiday to the sound of explosions and gunfire as government troops pushed forward their assault on the area, killing at least 11 people Sunday, residents and activists said.

The violence on the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, added to fears that a peace plan brokered by the Arab League last week was unraveling and prompted Qatar's prime minister to call for an emergency meeting Saturday to discuss the Syrian government's failure to abide by its commitments.

Egypt's official news agency MENA reported that Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani called for the meeting "in light of the continuing acts of violence and the Syrian government's noncompliance" with the terms of the Arab plan.

Violence has continued unabated, though Damascus agreed to halt its crackdown on the 7-month-old uprising that the United Nations says has left some 3,000 people dead.

Under the Arab League plan, Syria's government agreed to pull tanks and armored vehicles out of cities, free political prisoners and allow journalists and rights groups into the country.

Activists said government forces on Sunday killed at least nine people in Homs, which has turned into one of the main centers of protest and reprisal during the revolt against President Bashar Assad.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops killed one person in the city of Hama during raids there and another in the northern Idlib province.

Majd Amer, a local Homs activist, said people performed morning prayers to the sound of explosions that sometimes shook the mosques. "Nobody can tell what the explosions are; it's been like this for days now," he said of the military assault on the city.

Elsewhere, troops fired live ammunition to disperse protesters near Damascus, the capital, and in the country's north as worshipers emerged from prayers to stage protests calling for Assad's ouster. There were no immediate reports of deaths, but activists said several people were wounded in the northern province of Idlib.

Assad attended Eid prayers at al-Nour Mosque in the northern town of Raqqa, according to the official SANA news agency. The location marked a divergence from past years when Assad held prayers in Damascus.

Despite Arab League accord, Syrian troops kill 11 11/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:34pm]

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