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U.N. Suspends Syria Mission as Violence Rises

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Posted on Jun 16, 2012
AP/Muzaffar Salman

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer team, accused both sides in the conflict of willingly intensifying the fighting.

U.N. observers trying to monitor and report on the situation in Syria will suspend their operations amid an escalating level of violence between the Assad regime and the opposition.

Even as the monitors stood down, there were reports that Assad’s forces had resumed shelling of suspected rebel bastions in the Damascus suburbs.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly

The Guardian:

In a statement Saturday, major general Robert Mood, head of the UN mission to Syria, halted operations “until further notice”.

It comes amid claim that Syrian government forces has recommenced shelling in the capital Damascus, killing 12 people, according to opposition figures.

The past two weeks have seen a worrying escalation in violence in the country. A massacre in the town of Houla on May 25 resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, many of them women and children.

That attack resulted in a series of stern warnings against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and renewed calls for his removal from power.

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