Syria frees 755 prisoners, observers tour Homs

Pro-regime protesters chant slogans during a rally at Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Syrian troops assaulting a northwest town with machine gun fire and shelling have killed dozens in one of the deadliest episodes of the 9-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, activists said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Muzaffar Salman)

December 28, 2011 6:39:23 AM PST
The Syrian government released Wednesday 755 prisoners detained over the past nine months in the regime's crackdown on dissent as observers toured a flashpoint city to see whether authorities were complying with an Arab plan to stop the bloodshed that has killed thousands.