Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance.

By Thursday, the situation in Syria was back to full-blown crisis mode, if that actually ever let up as a result of the Arab League’s accord, and although reports varied, anywhere from nine to as many as 16 people were killed after tanks armed with machine guns rolled into the increasingly volatile city of Homs.

— KA

AP via NPR:

At least nine people were killed in the tank fire and other violence in Homs, according to two main Syrian activist groups. A crackdown on dissent and what appears to be growing sectarian bloodshed has turned Homs, Syria’s third-largest city and home to some 800,000 people, into one of the country’s deadliest areas.

[…] The uprising shows no signs of stopping despite a government crackdown that the U.N. estimates has killed some 3,000 people. The capture and death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi last month only served to invigorate the Syrian protesters, many of whom carry signs and chant slogans warning President Bashar Assad that he will be the next dictator to go.

The latest bloodshed cast a pall over the Arab League accord announced Wednesday in Cairo.

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