Damaged Syrian cars blast 311.
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WASHINGTON - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed "grave concern"
over the escalating violence in Syria and the UN Security Council
condemned the Damascus suicide car bombings as "terrorist attacks".
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called for an immediate end to the bloodshed and urged the Syrian
government to implement a peace plan proposed by the Arab League,
according to a statement late Friday.
Secretary-General urges the need for a credible, inclusive and
legitimate Syrian-led process of comprehensive political change that
will address the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people," the
In a separate statement the Security Council strongly condemned the
attacks, and sent its condolences to the families of the
victims and to the Syrian people.
Friday's car bomb attacks
the Syrian capital killed 44 people and was a dramatic escalation of
violence after nine months of mostly peaceful rallies.
President Bashar Assad has used tanks and troops in trying to crush the protests.
The UN Security Council strongly condemned the "terrorist attacks".
in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious
threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of
terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their
motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," its
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.
and US officials want the Security Council to impose an arms embargo
and other sanctions on Syria over the crackdown, which UN officials say
has killed 5,000 people.
Russia and China, which have closer relations with Syria, oppose sanctions.
Russia's UN delegation on Friday submitted a revised draft resolution on Syria
to the UN Security Council, but Germany said it did not go far enough
in addressing Western concerns about the increasing violence there.Jpost.com staff contributed to this report