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Dozens of Syrian army deserters shot - reports

Soldiers attempting to desert the Syrian army and join anti-government protests have been gunned down, according human rights groups.

Shadows of Syrians are reflected on a giant poster showing President Bashar Assad
Shadows of Syrians are reflected on a giant poster showing President Bashar Assad
Image: Muzaffar Salman/AP/Press Association Images

DOZENS OF SOLDIERS attempting to desert the Syrian army and join anti-government protests have been shot dead by regime troops, according to reports.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that more than 70 defectors were killed in the northwest of the country on Monday – bringing the death toll of that day alone to 110, the BBC reports.

Earlier on Monday, the Syrian government signed an agreement to allow Arab League observers into the country, reports the Global Post. Under the agreement, monitors will to enter Syria later this week and will be allowed to move freely throughout all areas of the country except for military zones.

The UN General Assembly has voted to condemn the Syrian government for the crackdown on protesters, which has left more than 5,000 people dead since demonstrations began last March.

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