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23 Killed in Syria Attacks as Pressure Mounts on UN Observers

United Nations observers traveling in U.N. vehicles leave a hotel in Damascus, May 1, 2012.
United Nations observers traveling in U.N. vehicles leave a hotel in Damascus, May 1, 2012.

Syrian activists say violence has killed at least 23 people, as more U.N. observers began deploying to back a cease-fire plan that has failed to end more than a year of unrest.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels killed 12 soldiers on Tuesday, in a battle in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor. It says one civilian was killed when government troops responded with rockets and machine guns. The Observatory also says a mortar shell killed 10 people in a village in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Casualties could not be independently confirmed.

The team of U.N. monitors in Syria has grown to 30 people, with more expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call Tuesday for all sides in Syria's 13-month conflict to stop the violence and cooperate with the U.N. observers to implement the April 12 cease-fire agreement. He also condemned a recent series of bombings in the town of Idlib and in the capital, Damascus, calling them "terrorist" attacks.

Also Tuesday, a U.N. special envoy said at least 34 children have been killed in Syria since the start of the April 12 agreement. Radhika Coomaraswamy urged all parties in Syria to refrain from "indiscriminate tactics resulting in the killing and wounding of children."

The U.N. Security Council has authorized a 300-strong observer mission in Syria, but it is not clear when it will be fully deployed.

The United Nations estimates at least 9,000 people have been killed since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began cracking down on the uprising in March 2011.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Gab to Huang Jun of China, Who's side are you on?
May 03, 2012 1:45 PM
If the US and UK special forces were operating in Syria, training rebels, and using the most modern weapons of France, US, and UK, the rebels would have turned this thing around. Again I ask, what is your source of these facts, so that the readers could review the documented evidence. Israel took out Assad's nuclear capability four and one half years ago, and no one gave a peep. No Arab government besides Syria has formally commented on the September 6 incident.

by: HUANG JUN TO GAB
May 02, 2012 9:25 PM
Madman John McCain and his followers are calling for arming the terrorists. Some UK and US speacial forces are operating inside Syrian territory already. Many kinds of weapons made in France, UK, US have been found in Syria and in the hands of terrorists. The rebels are acting as professional terrorists so do you guess who have trained them, Gab?!

by: Gab to Huang Jun of China
May 02, 2012 7:01 AM
If, in fact, the Chinese authorities restrict and censor the news, what is your primary source of factual information? I am not judging, I am curious. Be specific!

by: Huang Jun
May 01, 2012 8:50 PM
Even a child could know who are really behind the terrorist attacks in Syria. They are Western nations who are calling for peace, democracy, stopping of fighting on one hand and secretly training, arming and teaching tactics to the free terrorists on the other hand.

by: Hasan DOGRU
May 01, 2012 8:31 PM
Repressive regimes in the Middle East must end.Elected, must manage.Oil revenue distributed to all Middle East countries

by: Gab to Drake
May 01, 2012 2:02 PM
Which Islamic Countries do you believe should belong to the UN? Not a one of them will sign on to UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sharia Law won't permit it. Do you believe that the US stepped out of line when we went after Al Qaeda? Do you believe Saddam was out of line when he violated 17 peaceful UN Resolutions, and thumbed his nose at Western efforts during a war on terrorism and was giving $15,000 to families of terrorist who martyred themselves in Israel.

by: Peter
May 01, 2012 12:55 PM
I doubt they present the general population . So far more than 3 attempts for general strike failed. The Syrian community is divided sharply between Islamist and liberals, only the Islamist are calling for outsider to intervene militarily and they asked al Qaeda as well who found the incubating environment.

by: Drake
May 01, 2012 10:47 AM
This is a civil war! The UN always step out of line, and even when they do, they fail miserably at what they do. I hope the United States pulls out of the UN.

by: Ochuko david lole
May 01, 2012 10:36 AM
D UN, US, EU and order international organization nd to work more harded to meet their goals. This statement was said by d secretary of ovworhokpokpor community, in udu local government area of delta state nigeria, d secretary who was addresting youth @ d community town hall, to mark d may day celebration, said dat yths should nt depend on UN, US, EU & order international organizations, but to think of how to seach for lucrative ideas to save dis generations.

by: Gab to Peter of Syria
May 01, 2012 8:17 AM
Since you have a Christian name, I assume you have no use for an hostile Islamic regimes. But I question why would the general population of people demonstrating for human rights accept help from al Qaeda, which is the extreme right of oppression.
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