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Published on Jan 28, 2012
The Arab League has frozen its monitoring mission in Syria, because of the escalation of violence there. More than a hundred people are thought to have been killed in clashes between Syrian security forces and opposition groups in the past two days. The UN Security Council remains split on how to end the crisis. Russia has given a resound "no" to a new resolution on Syria, drafted by the EU and Arab states, that warns of further action if Damascus fails to comply. The text called for President Assad to transfer power to a deputy. Moscow says the resolution should not contain any threat of sanctions or imply any outside intervention. RT talks to political analyst Stephen Lendman, from the Center for Research on Globalisation. Amid intensifying fighting between the Syrian army and opposition groups, RT's Sara Firth has been to an area near the capital, which was recently taken over by rebel fighters. As she reports, although the opposition is united against the regime, they're poles apart on their methods.