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Arab League says Syria withdrew tanks from cities

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CAIRO (AP) -- The Arab League chief says Syria's regime has withdrawn heavy weapons from inside cities and freed about 3,500 prisoners.

But Nabil Elaraby told a news conference Monday that security forces have not stopped shooting protesters and the regime's snipers continue to operate, even with Arab League monitors working in the country.

Elaraby also called on the opposition and ordinary Syrians to aid the observers by sending them names of relatives or friends they think are detained.

At least 150 people have been killed since the observers began their mission last Tuesday to verify the compliance of President Bashar Assad's regime with an Arab League peace plan aimed at ending the regime's 9-month-old crackdown on anti-government protesters.

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