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06/08/2012 05:00 pm ET

Syria Crisis Digest: June 2 - June 8

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

June 2 - June 8 In Review

  • At least 78 people were killed in the hamlet of al-Qubair in Syria's Hama province. "There was smoke rising from the buildings and a horrible smell of human flesh burning," a survivor told Reuters.
  • Peace envoy Kofi Annan floated a new proposal that presents a political roadmap for Syria and suggests the establishment of a contact group which would include western and regional powers.
  • Syria banned 17 international diplomats from its capital.
  • Syria and the United Nations reached a deal that would give aid workers access to four violent-stricken provinces. Under the agreement, Syria will allow aid workers and humanitarian aid to enter the provinces of Daraa, Deir el-Zour, Homs and Idlib.
  • Activists say between June 2 and June 3, rebel forces destroyed tanks in attacks across the country and killed more than 100 soldiers. So far, doctors have confirmed the deaths of 80 troops.
  • President Bashar Assad addressed the Syrian parliament in a rare public appearance on Sunday, defending the crackdown on opposition forces. "When a surgeon in an operating room ... cuts and cleans and amputates, and the wound bleeds, do we say to him your hands are stained with blood?" Assad said.

Media Not To Miss

CNN -- 'Sniper Alley'

CNN obtained exclusive footage from Cairo Street in Homs, once a busy shopping street and now the frontline in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition.

Watch the report in the video below.

Global Post -- Inside Syria: You Will Never Guess Who Arms The Rebels

Where do the Syrian rebels get their weapons? Global Post made an interesting discovery.

At the Free Syrian Army base here, a group of men led a nervous prisoner from his cell to a car waiting outside. A few hours later, the rebels returned alone, with a trunkload of weapons.

As they loaded the store room with new bullets and rocket-propelled grenades, Hamza Fatahallah, an army defector who joined the Free Syrian Army nine months ago, described the transaction that had taken place.

“We have caught many army prisoners,” he said. “We send them back home for a small amount of money on the condition they do not return to the regime. We use the money to buy weapons.”

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