U.N. Security Council to Deploy Observers to Syria
(NEW YORK) – The U.N. Security Council will deploy 30 unarmed observers to Syria in an effort to oversee the ceasefire, which seems to have begun collapsing, the BBC reports.
Activists in Homs, Syria’s third biggest city, say that government troops have been firing on some quarters with tanks and rocket fire. They say that government forces have killed at least 17 people, including several whom were shot dead at a funeral in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
The U.N. council intends to increase the deployment to 250, a number that peace envoy Kofi Annan seeks, but will require further approval from the council. The resolution supports the six-point peace plan drawn up by Annan in March, which aims to end the violence that has killed over 9,000 people – mostly civilians – in the past year, the BBC says.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio