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US: 400 people killed since arrival of AL monitors

01-11-2012 09:10 BJT

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The US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice says, there has been an "alarming" escalation of violence in Syria since the arrival of the Arab League monitoring mission. At a briefing on Tuesday, she said an additional 400 people have been killed.

Speaking to journalists after a closed-door Security Council briefing, Rice said that the council learned that people were being killed in the Syrian crisis at a higher rate currently than they were before the Arab League deployed.

Susan Rice, US Ambassador to UN, said, "The briefing we received on Syria was alarming, by any standard. The Under-Secretary-General noted that in the days since the Arab League monitoring mission has been on the ground, in fact an estimated 400 additional people have been killed, an average of 40 a day, a rate much higher than was the case even before their deployment."

Violence continues in Syria despite the arrival of the Arab League monitoring mission.

On Tuesday a senior Arab League official said 11 members of a team of Arab League monitors were injured when their vehicles were attacked this week by pro-Assad demonstrators in the Syrian port city of Latakia. But he said the incident had not disrupted operations.

Syria's Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari said his country was continuing to provide security for the observers.

Bashar Ja'afari said, "There is no Syrian interest whatsoever to harm the credibility and the safety and the security of the Arab envoys. This is why you have to look at those who perpetrated this attack against some of the Arab envoys on the other side."

Violence continues in Syria despite the arrival of the Arab League monitoring mission.

Opposition figures say the monitors have failed to stem the bloodshed.

The Arab League said on Sunday Syria had not fully implemented an agreement to stop violence.

Ja'afari said his country regrets the loss of any Syrian life, but disputed the cause of violence.

He said people were being killed in Syria because of those who were still insisting on instigating and inciting violence.

File photo: Bystanders and ambulance workers carry bodies of the suicide attack victims
in central Damascus, Syria, Dec. 23, 2011. Two suicide bombers blasted two security centers
in central Damascus Friday, leaving 44 people dead and 166 others injured,



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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