Jan. 17 - Amateur video out of Syria shows bloodshed on the streets as Arab League monitors continue their mission. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria appears to show tanks on the streets of Homs. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes as the government has agreed to extend an Arab League monitoring mission. Gunfire can be heard n the background. More footage shows a destroyed ambulance. A body lies on the street in a pool of blood. A man is heard saying he was killed by government forces when he tried to help the wounded. Footage purportedly from a Damascus suburb shows Arab League monitors hoisted on the shoulders of demonstrators., The crowd chants , The people want to execute the President." Arab League observers have been on the ground since late December. They are expected to report this week that Damascus has failed to fully implement an Arab peace plan. The mission's mandate expires on Thursday, and Arab foreign ministers are set to discuss its future Jan. 22. This Footage obtained by Reuters shows more video of monitors in Damascus. A man tells an observer there are snipers on the rooftop. Others say there is no electricity or gas and that communications have been cut off. Some Arab countries say the monitors need a broader mandate to help stop the violence. An Arab source says Syria would agree to allow the number of monitors - now fewer than 200 - to be increased, but would not allow them formal fact-finding duties. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began last March. The government blames the violence on foreign backed insurgents. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.