Syria violence worsening as ceasefire nears

Syrian youth stand in a building damaged by tank shells in a neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, after a raid by Syrian troops killed several rebels and civilians Thursday, April 5, 2012. Syrian troops launched a fierce assault Thursday, days ahead of a deadline for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, with activists describing it as one of the most violent attacks around the capital since the year-old uprising began. (AP Photo)The U.N. Secretary-General said Syria’s conflict is deepening and attacks on civilian areas show no sign of abating, despite assurances that it has begun withdrawing troops under a peace plan.

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