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UN: Humanitarian situation in Syria worsens

06-26-2012 22:32 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says more must be done to protect Syrian civilians as fighting between the government forces and the armed rebles are contiuing. The UN estimates that over 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands have been displaced since the uprising began some 15 months ago.

Ban Ki-moon said, "The government forces and the armed groups are fighting with no apparent concern for civilian populations."

Ban Ki-moon said that violence in Syria is growing both in frequency and in brutality.

UN observers have reported armed assaults on civilians as well as execution-style killings.

He said, "Across this geography of conflict, we simply must do more. We must do more to protect women and children in particular. More to prevent attacks against journalists. More to save innocent lives."

Despite the increasing violence and the staggering number of deaths, action by the international community seems to be limited to sanctions and strong words.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, expressed her disappointment on the UN Security Council.

US Ambassador to UN, Suan Rice, said, "It is a shame that this council continues to stand by rather than to stand up."

Some Western powers stressed that the Syrian government has "primary responsibility for the protection of its people and should immediately end the violence".

But the Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, continued to warn the international community that their concern for what is happening in Syria, should not undermine his government.

Syrian Ambassador to UN Bashar Ja’afari said, "This noble concept in its objects and aims cannot be exploited to compromise the sovereignty of the state or interfere in our internal affairs. We can’t allow the manipulation of the question of protecting civilians, distorting it in the service of intervention and an aggressive political agenda. Those who pay the price of such policies are the civilians first and foremost."

During recent weeks, the violence in Syria has escalated at an alarming rate ....schools have been raided, and used as military bases and detention centers, while hospitals and health care facilities are also being targeted.

Residents in the most badly hit areas are often unable to access water, food or medical care.

Tens of thousands have fled to neighbouring Lebanon and Turkey in search of refuge from the growing chaos.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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