US: Uptick in Syrian violence last few days 'atrocious'

December 23, 2011 03:16


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The United States said Thursday that the spike in violence in Syria this past week in which scores were killed across the country was "atrocious."

US Secretary of State spokesperson Mark Toner told journalists in Washington that the US hopes the current Arab League monitors' mission to Syria increased quickly from the seven officials on the ground to 30-50 officials in order to stem the violence.

At least 111 people were killed in one day Tuesday on the "bloodiest day" since the uprising against Syrian President Basahr Assad began over nine months ago.

Toner said that it was unlikely the US would set up an international contact group like it had during the uprising in Libya.

"We’ve had such frequent contacts, obviously, with the Arab League, with Turkey, with our other likeminded partners in the EU.  So I don’t know that there’s a real need," the state department spokesperson said.

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