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“The blood is still warm,” a voice says in the video, which apparently was shot in Idlib province.

On Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said army defectors attacked two military posts in that province, capturing a number of security forces. The rebels also clashed with soldiers at a third post, and there were casualties, the observatory said. The exact number of those captured and killed was not immediately available.

It was not clear if the observatory’s account from Idlib was connected to the footage in the amateur video.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the observatory, confirmed that tanks have not been seen in Syrian cities since Thursday. But he said residents reported that the weapons were still a threat.

“They can bring the tanks back and use them to fight,” Abdul-Rahman told The Associated Press. He said the Arab League should not necessarily see the withdrawal as a concession; instead, they should insist the tanks stay away for good.

The opposition also has complained that the presence of suspected regime agents with the observers has discouraged Syrians from approaching them.

Elaraby said the mission was relying less and less on logistics provided by the Syrian government, but pointed out that employing Syrian drivers was inevitable because they are familiar with the roads.

“We cannot investigate the true identity of drivers,” Elaraby said.

Suggesting that the League did not have a figure for the number of people in custody since the uprising began, Elaraby called on the opposition and ordinary Syrians to aid the observers by sending them names of relatives or friends they think are detained by Assad’s regime.

He did not say whether the League was able to verify the release of 3,484 prisoners or when they left prison.

“We call for the release of all of them,” he said.

Elaraby also defended the Sudanese general heading the Arab League mission. Controversy has swirled around Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi because he served in key security positions under Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on an international arrest warrant for crimes against humanity in Darfur.

“He is a capable military man with a clean reputation,” Elaraby said of al-Dabi.

Amnesty International said al-Dabi led al-Bashir’s military intelligence service until August 1995, when he was appointed head of external security.

“During the early 1990s, the military intelligence in Sudan was responsible for the arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearance and torture or other ill-treatment of numerous people in Sudan,” it said in a statement.

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