The Arab League has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of an increase in violence, a senior league source said Saturday.
The move comes days after President Bashar al-Assad's government agreed to a one-month extension of the mission, which began December 26.
The mission is part of a peace initiative in Syria. The 22-member Arab League has called on al-Assad's regime to stop violence against civilians, free political detainees, remove tanks and weapons from cities and allow outsiders -- including the international news media -- to travel freely in Syria.
The mission has been monitoring government activities in various hotspots. In the last two days, opposition activists reported scores of deaths, with one group, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, reporting 135 deaths Thursday and Friday.
Violence continued to rage Saturday as an "armed terrorist group" killed seven soldiers in an attack Satu rday, state-run media reported.
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