Mar. 13 - Violence continues in Syria as President Assad promises elections and Syrians continue to flee the country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria appears to show captured government tanks in Idlib. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes amid reports that rebels killed at least 10 Syrian troops in an ambush. Activists say that dozens of people were killed near a mosque in the city. The United Nations says that more than 8,000 people have died in the Syria since the uprising began a year ago. Against this backdrop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has set parliamentary elections for May 7. Authorities say Assad's move toward elections shows his commitment toward reform. His opponents say the constitution is illegitimate and insist the president must give up power. Meanwhile hundreds of Syrian are crossing into Turkey. Some 13,000 Syrians are registered at camps in Turkey. The United Nations estimates that at least 30,000 refugees have fled the fighting in Syria. And yet the demonstrations go on. The state's crackdown on what began as peaceful protests last March has grown increasingly bloody since rebels began fighting Assad's forces. Damascus says it is confronting militants steered from abroad. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters