Syria's opposition leadership is going through a crisis, as the head of the Syrian National Coalition resigned on Sunday, according to Aljazeera.
Angry over a lack of action by the international community boiled over into frustration leading to his resignation, but the resignation hasn't been accepted by the SNC.
Here's a closer look at the leadership problems and other events taking place during the Syrian civil war.
World looks on during disaster, leader says
Making his announcement public on Facebook, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib said that he was resigning "so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution," according to Aljazeera.
"For the past two years, we have been slaughtered by an unprecedentedly vicious regime, while the world has looked on. All the destruction of Syria's infrastructure, the detention of tens of thousands of people, the forced flight of hundreds of thousands and other forms of suffering have been insufficient for the international community to take a decision to allow the people to defend themselves," he said, as reported by Aljazeera.
The announcement comes as the SNC is poised to lead the Arab League seat on Tuesday. The group suspended President Bashar al-Assad's regime, recognizing the SNC as the sole legitimate representative of the people of Syria, according to another article from Aljazeera.
Russia and China must join chemical weapons probe
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that his country and China must take part in a United Nations investigation into allegations of the use of chemical weapons last week, according to Reuters.
Using his Twitter account, he said that any group of experts looking into the matter "must without fail include representatives of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, including Russian and Chinese chemical specialists," Reuters reported.
Main border crossing into Syria closed by Jordan
The Jordanian border crossing of Jaber has been closed due to ongoing clashes, Jordan's information minister said on Monday, another Reuters article reported.
Fighting had been taking place at the location for two days, making it unsafe for border traders and passengers in the area. Prior to the conflict, it had been a major point of entry for goods to and from Turkey and the Gulf region.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and an amateur Africanist, focusing his personal studies on human rights and political issues on the continent.
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