Clashes across Syria despite UN pressure

By REUTERS
March 22, 2012 12:08

BEIRUT - Clashes flared across Syria on Thursday, opposition activists said, the day after the U.N Security Council had called on all sides to stop fighting and seek a negotiated settlement to the year-long uprising.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the Council's unanimous statement had sent a clear message to Syria to end all violence, but the appeal had little impact on the ground, where rebels are seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Opposition sources said Syrian tanks had heavily shelled a large neighborhood in the city of Hama on Thursday after fighting between Free Syrian Army rebels and pro-Assad forces.


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