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Syrian resistance fights government as civilians flee and mourn deaths

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Syrian civilians flee following an attack in the centre of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Monday amid a deadly crackdown by the regime. More than 7,600 people have been killed in violence across Syria since anti-regime protests erupted in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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A boy stands in from of a shop destroyed in Syrian Army shelling in the center of Idlib in northern Syria on Monday. European Union foreign ministers said Monday they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course.

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A woman holds her daughter on the balcony of her building damaged by Syrian Army bombings in central Idlib.

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Syrian mourners attend a funeral for victims killed in violence in Idlib in northwestern Syria.

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A boy holds a banner during a protest against Syrian President Bashar al Assad in Al Qusayr on Monday.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes a position as the Syrian Army advances towards the town of Sarmin on Monday.

Reuters reports that Syria approved a new constitution amid ongoing argument among foreign powers about arming rebels:

The outside world has proved powerless to halt the killing in Syria, where repression of initially peaceful protests has spawned an armed insurrection by army deserters and others.

Qatar joined Saudi Arabia in advocating arming Syrian rebels, given that Russia and China have twice used their vetoes to block any action by the U.N. Security Council.

"I think we should do whatever is necessary to help them, including giving them weapons to defend themselves," Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said in Oslo.

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