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Report: Syrian rebel leader threatens attacks

Associated Press Published: May 9, 2012

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A pan-Arab newspaper is reporting that Syria's rebel leader has threatened to resume attacks because the government has not honored a cease-fire.

Free Syrian Army chief Riad al-Asaad told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that "our people are demanding that we defend them."

The comments were published in Wednesday's edition of the paper and could deal yet another blow to a peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan.

Both sides of the conflict are accused of violating the cease-fire at the centerpiece of Annan's plan.

On Tuesday, Annan gave a bleak assessment of the crisis in Syria, saying violence remains at "unacceptable levels" and warning that his peace plan is the country's last chance to avert a disastrous civil war.