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Syrian protesters hold a funeral procession in Homs

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Syrian protesters, waving anti-regime placards and old national flags from the pre-Baath party era, march in the Baba Amr district of Homs during the funeral procession on Jan. 6 of a man identified as Jaber al-Sibaee whom pro-reform activists said was killed the previous day in crossfire outside his home in the flashpoint cenral city. A suicide bombing hit Syria's capital, killing 26 and wounding dozens of mostly civilians, state media said, blaming "terrorists" for the second such attack on the city in two weeks.

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Anti-regime Syrians, waving old national flags from the pre-Baath party era, march in the funeral procession on Jan. 6 of a man identified as Jaber al-Sibaee whom pro-reform activists said was killed the previous day in crossfire outside his home, in the Baba Amr district of the flashpoint central city of Homs. A suicide bombing hit Syria's capital, killing 26 and wounding dozens of mostly civilians, state media said, blaming "terrorists" for the second such attack on the city in two weeks.

The images here are from today in Homs, Syria. Given the strict restrictions on media coverage in Syria, it is surprising to see these pictures. We will occasionally see handout images provided by activists in Syria of protests against the government. Typically, those photos are of poor quality, several days old and of the backs of peoples heads in order to conceal their identities.

Perhaps this will signal a turning point in coverage from Syria and we will begin to see more coming out of the embattled country? The Arab League monitors recently sent to Syria to assess the situation there have experienced difficulties themselves.

msnbc.com staff and news service reports:

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fired on a group of Arab League monitors in a Damascus suburb, according to a report.

Al-Arabiya TV said Friday the observers, who are in the country to assess whether the regime is abiding by a promise to end 10 months of violence against pro-democracy protesters, were touring the streets in the Arbeen district of the capital.

They reportedly withdrew after the attack. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Meanwhile, Qatar's prime minister said the monitors' mission in Syria had made "some mistakes" and that he was turning to the United Nations for help. Read the full story.