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Syria: more than 170 anti-Assad fighters surrender to authorities

More than 170 opposition fighters Syrian army laid down their weapons, 129 of them were operated in the province of Idlib, in north-west, and the other in the suburbs of Damascus, announced Damascus Syrian news agency SANA on Monday.

These men were immediately released because they “were not involved in bloody crimes and had promised not to participate in armed attacks,” the agency said.

More than a thousand armed group fighters of the Syrian opposition have laid down their weapons since a cease-fire between the Syrian Army free (opposition) and troops loyal to President Bashar al- Assad on April 12, under the settlement plan of the Syrian crisis proposed by Kofi Annan, UN special envoy and the Arab League to Syria.

The first group of UN observers in charge of verifying the cease-fire began its mission in Syria April 16.

Despite the presence of observers in the country, the cease-fire is regularly violated. These days, explosions occur all over Syria, even in Damascus. The headquarters of the country’s Central Bank, located on the square Sabaa Bahrat Damascus gathering place for supporters of the Assad regime, has been under fire at rocket launchers in the night between Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, an explosion damaged a pipeline in the east, causing a major oil spill. Two explosions erupted Sunday on the road linking the port of Lattakia in Idlib (northwest).

For over a year, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. According to UN estimates, the armed confrontation would already more than 9,000 dead and some 230,000 refugees and one million people will need humanitarian assistance. Damascus for its part said that over 2,500 police and Syrian soldiers and more than 3,200 civilians were killed in the fighting against bandits financed from abroad.

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