The mission is in Syria to check compliance with a peace plan brokered by the Arab League
4 January 2012 Last updated at 17:58
Opposition activists in Syria have accused the government of deceiving Arab League monitors.
Military vehicles have been replaced to make it look as though the army has left city centres as required by an Arab League peace plan, activists said.
At least 12 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, according to one activist network.
The UN says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests since March.
Casualty figures and other details are hard to verify as most foreign media are barred from reporting freely in Syria.
Around 100 Arab League observers have been in Syria since last week to monitor compliance to a peace plan brokered by the Arab League.
“The observers are going to areas known to be loyal to the regime,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the Associated Press news agency.
“Since the mission started the regime is limiting their movements and when they go out they are under the protection and supervision” of Syrian security forces, activist Mustafa Osso told AP from Syria.
On a visit by one group of monitors to the main prison in the city of Homs, prison administrators tried to take the group to a different section to the one where political prisoners were being detained, according the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists inside Syria.