UN monitor says violence increasing across Syria

August 13, 2012 13:57

BEIRUT - The head of the United Nations monitors in Syria said on Monday violence was intensifying across the country, blaming both Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces and rebel fighters for ignoring the plight of civilians.

"It is clear that violence is increasing in many parts of Syria," General Babacar Gaye, head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria, told journalists in Damascus."The indiscriminate use of heavy weapons by the government and targeted attacks by the opposition in urban centers are inflicting a heavy toll on innocent civilians.

"I deeply regret that none of the parties has prioritized the needs of civilians."

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