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Syrian president in Baba Amr to inspect conditions
Syrian president in besieged Baba Amr neighborhood to inspect conditions
By The Associated Press

DAMASCUS (AP) ' Syria's state-run news agency says President Bashar Assad has traveled to the country's Baba Amr neighborhood, a former rebel stronghold.

Baba Amr was the site of a monthlong siege by government forces who battled rebel fighters before driving them out. Hundreds of people were killed in the fighting there.

The U.N. says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria's yearlong uprising.



THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BEIRUT (AP) ' A spokesman for U.N. envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has accepted his plan to end the bloodshed in the country.

The plan includes a cease-fire by Syrian forces, a daily two-hour halt to fighting to evacuate injured people and provide humanitarian aid and inclusive talks about a political solution.

Ahmad Fawzi is Annan's spokesman. He said on Tuesday that the Syrian government's acceptance of Annan's proposal came in a letter addressed to the U.N. envoy.

The U.N. says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria's yearlong uprising. There are concerns that the conflict could cause a regional conflagration.


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