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Syria Opposition Reports New Violence as UN Begins Monitoring

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CNN – After a relative dropoff in deaths in recent days, violence in Syria ratcheted up again Monday — including a fierce military offensive in Idlib reported by opposition activists — just as U.N. observers began monitoring a tenuous cease-fire.

The Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition network, reported 45 deaths across the embattled Middle Eastern nation on Monday, a notable uptick from the at least 13, 30 and 28 deaths it counted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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