Arab League calls on Assad to go as battle continues to rage

111 people had died across Syria on Sunday, according to rebels.

Arab League foreign ministers have called Monday on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, as rebels say are encouraged by last week’s assassinations in Damascus, the BBC informs. According to the CNN, the Arab League will offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “a safe exit” if he resigns quickly and leaves the country, a senior Arab League official said, marking the latest attempt to get Syria’s longtime ruler to step down and end more than a year of daily bloodshed. The official provided no further details because the source is not authorized to speak to the media. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani did not discuss an exit plan when speaking with reporters after the Sunday meeting, but confirmed “there is an agreement on the need for the swift resignation” of Assad. “We call on the opposition and the Free Syrian Army to form a government of national unity,” Sheikh Hamad said. Despite the Arab League’s proposed offer, the brutal violence didn’t let up. At least 19 people were killed Monday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. On Monday, chaos ensued in cities across the country, opposition activists said. In Homs, two people were killed “due to intense shelling by helicopters and rocket launchers, accompanied by intense clashes between the (rebel) Free Syrian Army and the regime army,” the LCC said. The LCC reported fierce clashes continued for a second day in Aleppo, a critical city in the Syrian crisis. Aleppo, the largest city and commercial hub of Syria, is akin to New York in the United States. Both Aleppo and the capital city of Damascus – longtime al-Assad strongholds – came under heavy fighting on Sunday, opposition activists said. By the end of the day, 111 people had died across Syria, including 56 people in and around Damascus and three in Aleppo, the LCC said.In Damascus, a mosque came under attack Sunday from rocket and helicopter shelling while worshippers were inside, the LCC said.

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