More deaths in Syria as ICRC chief holds talks in Damascus
Syria saw another day of violence and arrests Sunday as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited Damascus to discuss several issues including caring for the wounded and access to detainees. ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger met with Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Sunday and was scheduled to meet President Bashar Assad on Monday.
According to the AP, activists reported military operations and sweeping arrests in Idlib near the Turkish border and the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. There were reports of at least 14 deaths.
On its part, the state-run news agency reported that nine people died in central Syria in an ambush by armed men in central Syria.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr. Nabil Arab declared his intention to visit Syria this week to implement the decision of the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers held late last month for conveying the Arab initiative to resolve the crisis in Syria. He said he was told - through the Syrian representative to the Arab League Youssef Ahmed – that the Syrian government welcomes the visit.