Ban demands UN access to bombarded Syrian city

UNITED NATIONS- UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday demanded UN access to the Syrian city of Al-Heffa amid what he called a "dangerous intensification" of the conflict in the country.
Ban said in a statement released by his office that "intensive military operations" by government forces against Homs and firing from helicopters on other towns had caused heavy civilian casualties.

Ban demands UN access to bombarded Syrian city
Residents and activists say that government helicopter gunships have strafed rebel positions in Al-Heffa, a town of 30,000 near the border with Turkey, and tanks were parked on the outskirts.
Ban joined UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in demanding access to the town for unarmed military observers from the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, UNSMIS.
"The secretary general underlines the importance of unimpeded access by UNSMIS to Al-Heffa, amid reports of a build-up of government forces around the town," said Ban's statement. Annan said earlier that the monitors had to be let in "immediately".
"The secretary general expresses his deep concern at the dangerous intensification of armed violence across Syria over the past several days, and the grave danger facing civilians in areas under fire," the UN leader added.

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

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