U.N. approves Syria observers

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The U.N. Security Council voted on Saturday to deploy U.N. military observers to watch over the cease-fire between the Syrian government and the opposition rebels, according to the Associated Press.

The 15 member Security Council voted unanimously that called for the Damascus government to follow through on the cease-fire plan it accepted earlier in the month, according to the New York Times.

Russia and China had vetoed two resolutions that would have condemned Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for the attacks on protesters, according to the AP.

There were some mortar shells strikes on Homs from government armed forces on Saturday, but over all the cease-fire has been holding, the New York Times reported.

At least six were dead from both sides from the attacks, according to the New York Times.

The cease-fire formally started Thursday and is the center of Kofi Annan's peace plan that aims to end the year-long bloodshed that has killed about 9,000 people, according to the UN, the AP reported.

The first team of observers consists of only 10 to 12 people. Annan envisions a mission that consists of about 250 observers in the future, according to the AP.

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