Several Arab League monitors have left Syria or may do so soon because the mission has failed to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on a popular revolt against his rule, a former monitor said.
Anwar Malek, an Algerian who quit the monitoring team this week, said a Moroccan legal specialist, an aid worker from Djibouti and an Egyptian had left the mission. Syrian opposition groups say the monitors, who arrived in Syria on Dec. 26 to verify Syria’s compliance with an Arab peace plan, have only given Mr. Assad more time to crush the protests. The observers resumed work on Thursday, a league official said, for the first time since 11 of them were wounded by pro-Assad demonstrators in Latakia on Monday. The league’s secretary general, Nabil el-Araby, said Syria had carried out only parts of the agreement it had signed. “Neither the violence has stopped, nor the killing,” he told Al Hayat television. “The level has dropped, but it has not stopped.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 21 people were killed across the country on Thursday.