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04/21/2012 03:23 am ET | Updated Jun 14, 2012

Syria Crisis Digest: April 14-April 20

Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's year-long uprising, as President Bashar Assad’s regime continues its bloody crackdown.

April 14 - April 20 In Review

  • Despite the Assad regime's promise to comply with a U.N. ceasefire, Syrian troops continued to shell cities across the country. According to activists, at least 11 people were killed on Friday.
  • An advanced team of 6 U.N. monitors headed by the Moroccan Colonel Ahmed Himmiche started work in Syria on Monday.
  • In a video, the wives of Britain and Germany's ambassadors to the U.N. urged Syrian first lady Asma Assad to "stop her husband."

Media Not To Miss

Democracy Now! -- Anand Gopal interview

Democracy Now! interviewed journalist Anand Gopal, who just returned from Syria. "What the Syrian people are faced with is slaughter," Gopal said. Read the full interview here.

Associated Press Photos


This image made from amateur video and released by Shaam News Network Friday, April 20, 2012, purports to show an explosion amid heavy shelling in the Khaldiyeh area of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)


In this Sunday, April 15, 2012, photo, Syrians walk between destroyed buildings in the Inshaat neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo)

Reuters -- 'UN Wives Urge Syrian First Lady: Stop Your Husband'

An appeal from the wives of UN ambassadors from Germany and Britain urged Bashar Assad's wife Asma to stop her husband.

"Stand up for peace, Asma. Speak out now. For the sake of your people. Stop your husband," asks the video. "Stop being a bystander. No one cares about your image. We care about your action."

Read more here.

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