Heavy weapons,drones,gunfire used against UN in Syria: Ban

According to UN officials,UN vehicles are shot at almost every day in Syria.

Written by Agencies | United Nations | Published: June 8, 2012 10:35:01 am

Heavy weapons,armor-piercing bullets and surveillance drones have been used against UN observers in Syria to hamper their efforts to monitor the worsening conflict,UN leader Ban Ki-moon told a Security Council meeting.

Diplomats inside a closed council briefing on Syria quoted Ban as saying the tactics had been used to try to force the unarmed monitors to withdraw from areas where government forces have been accused of staging attacks.

Ban said the heavy shelling had been used to deter a UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) convoy,drones had monitored the movements of observers and the armor-piercing bullets had been fired at UNSMIS vehicles.

According to UN officials,UN vehicles are shot at almost every day in Syria.

Ban told the 15-nation council that UN observers had seen Syrian military convoys approaching villages and tried to stop tank assaults against populated areas,but had been “ignored”.

Ban and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan briefed the Security Council only hours after a new massacre in Syria in which dozens of people were reported killed. Ban said shots were fired at the UN convoy which tried to get into the village of Al-Kubeir.

Ban said that according to preliminary evidence,the Syrian army had surrounded the village and militia had entered Al-Kubeir and killed civilians with “barbarity”,according to diplomats at the meeting.

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