Syrian activists: Homs calm as UN team visits

BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Published:

BEIRUT (AP) -- A group of U.N. cease-fire observers have toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs.

A video aired on Al-Jazeera television shows three observers, wearing blue flak jackets and helmets, walking in the middle of dozens of people in a street in the Jouret el-Shayah neighborhood.

Bystanders chanted "the people want military intervention."

Fighting and government shelling stopped in Homs Saturday before and during the visit of the observers. The city witnessed daily shelling shortly after the cease-fire went into effect on April 12.

An advance team of seven U.N. monitors has been in the country for about a week to assess compliance with an internationally brokered cease-fire.

It was the observers' first visit to Homs.