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Ban: UN monitors shot at in Syria

United Nations, June 7 (Reuters): UN monitors seeking to reach the site of a new reported massacre of Syrian villagers by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were shot at with small arms, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said today.

Ban, speaking at the start of a special UN General Assembly session on the Syrian crisis, said: “Today’s news reports of another massacre ... are shocking and sickening.”

“A village apparently surrounded by Syrian forces. The bodies of innocent civilians lying where they were, shot. Some allegedly burned or slashed with knives.”       

Ban said UN monitors were initially denied access to the site. “They are working now to get to the scene,” he said. “And I just learned a few minutes ago that while trying to do so the UN monitors were shot at with small arms.”

Speaking to the General Assembly after Ban, Annan also condemned the new reported massacre and acknowledged that his peace plan was not working. The Syrian Opposition and western and Gulf nations seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad see Annan’s plan as doomed due to the Syrian government’s determination to use military force.

 
 
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