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In the Damascus suburb of Douma, activist Mohammed Saeed said troops carried out more raids and arrests on Wednesday. He said tanks and checkpoints remained in place and reported overnight clashes in the suburb of Kisweh and Moaddamiyeh.

“It is impossible for the regime to withdraw from towns and cities because if it did, we would be in Damascus on the next day,” Saeed said.

The opposition has blasted Annan’s plan as too little, too late and are particularly angry that it does not call for Assad to leave power — the central demand of the uprising. They suspect Assad will manipulate the plan and use it to stall for time while his forces continue to crack down.

The Syrian government has not commented publicly on the April 10 truce deadline. It has accepted other peace plans in recent months only to ignore them on the ground. An Arab League effort that included sending in monitors to promote a cease-fire collapsed in violence in November.

Syria’s uprising started in March 2011 with peaceful protests calling for political reforms, inspired by other Arab Spring revolts around the region. Assad’s forces used deadly force to try to crush the spreading dissent, and many in the opposition took up arms to defend themselves. The U.N. says more than 9,000 people have been killed since the revolt began.

Relentless government shelling of rebellious areas and frequent clashes with rebels have taken a high toll on Syria’s civilians, and the International Committee of the Red Cross is pressing Syria to give aid workers access to embattled areas.

ICRC president Jakob Kellenberger and his team toured the southern province of Daraa, birthplace of the Syrian uprising. ICRC spokesman in Syria Saleh Dabbakeh said two trucks loaded with humanitarian aids and around 1000 baskets of staples including rice, sugar, beans and canned food were accompanying the mission.

The United States said Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council must respond urgently and seriously if Syria fails to keep its pledge to halt offensive military operations by Annan’s deadline next week.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that Syrian forces have been continuing offensive operations and the United States “is concerned and quite skeptical that the government of Syria will suddenly adhere to its commitments.”

“What we have seen since April 1 is not encouraging,” Rice said.