Dec. 21 - Death toll escalates in Syria ahead of the start of a mission to monitor President Bashar al-Assad's implementation of an Arab League peace plan. Katharine Jackson reports.
This video purports to show coffins held high in a funeral procession in Idlib, Syria. Chanting "the Arab nation is a traitor," a speaker denounces Arab countries for not helping protesters in their uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Obtained from a social media web site, the video cannot be independently verified by Reuters. More video - also obtained online - shows funerals in Homs and Damascus. Activists say Syrian forces killed 111 people on Wednesday before the start of a mission to monitor Assad's implementation of an Arab League peace plan. France has called the killings "an unprecedented massacre." Katharine Jackson, Reuters.