March 31 - Syria says a year-long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is now over, but amateur video appears ongoing shelling in Homs. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Amateur video out of Syria shows shelling in Homs. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters comes as the government says the year long revolt to topple President Bashar al-Assad is over. But the shelling goes on. The government says it will keep its forces in cities to quote "maintain security" until it is safe to withdraw in line with a U.N.-backed peace deal. . The agreement proposed by special envoy Kofi Annan says the Syrian authorities must be first to withdraw troops, and stop violence immediately. Syrian rebels say they are ready to stop fighting the moment the Syrian army withdraws its tanks, artillery and heavy weapons from opposition areas. More footage shows a funeral service in Damascus. The United nations says that more than 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising began more than a year ago. The government blames the unrest on foreign-backed militants and says around 3,000 security force members have been killed. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters