News / USA

UN Chief Calls for Arms Embargo on Syria

A boy stands on rubble at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo, June 20, 2014.
A boy stands on rubble at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo, June 20, 2014.
VOA News
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria.

Speaking Friday at the Asia Society in New York, the U.N. chief called foreign powers "irresponsible" for giving military support to parties committing atrocities in the war-torn country. Russia has vetoed four resolutions on its ally, Syria, protecting it and blocking efforts intended to end the war.

In turn, Syria is warning the United Nations that any attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to rebel-controlled areas without government approval is tantamount to an "attack on the Syrian state."

Syria sent the warning in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council just as the council is considering a resolution to boost aid deliveries into the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, Syrian state media say a car bomb blast has killed at least 34 people in a government-controlled area near the central city of Hama.

The SANA news agency said Friday the explosion also wounded another 50 people in the nearby village of al-Hurra.

 It quoted police as saying "terrorists blew up a truck loaded with about 3 tons of explosives, which caused the destruction of a large number of houses in the village."

Syrian authorities use the term "terrorists" to refer to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed Friday's attack, but said 37 were killed and more than 40 wounded. The Britain-based rights group said the death toll was likely to rise, as many were seriously hurt in the pre-dawn bombing 

The Islamic Front rebel coalition claimed responsibility for the attack, saying on Twitter that it was targeting a gathering of government militants.

Car bombings have become commonplace in Syria's civil war, which began in 2011. More than 150,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and about 2.5 million Syrians have fled abroad.

You May Like

Video On the Scene: In Gaza, Darkness Brings Dread and Death

Palestinians fear nighttime raids, many feel abandoned by outside world, VOA's Scott Bobb reports More

African Small Farmers Could Be Key to Ending Food Insecurity

Experts say providing access to microloans, crop insurance, better storage facilities, irrigation, road systems and market information could enable greater production More

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: jonathan huang from: canada
June 20, 2014 5:52 PM
clearly, Assad is correct, those Syria rebels are TERRORISTS!

What ISIS did recently has proved that these th ugs are worse than terrorists!

America should stop supporting terrorists!


by: meanbill from: USA
June 20, 2014 12:37 PM
IF ONLY? -- If Only the US, EU, and NATO countries would stop interfering in the politics of (non-European Union) countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and now in Ukraine, and bringing nothing but violence, killings, destruction and wars that continue on in these countries today, wouldn't be happening now, would they?

IF ONLY? -- If only the US, EU, and NATO countries would stop arming and training the extremists/terrorists in Syria, the Syrian war would end in a few weeks or months. ..... REALLY

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid