UN chief Ban 'appalled' by Syrian onslaught on Homs

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday denounced Syrian forces' bombardment of the city of Homs in a statement that said it was "unacceptable before humanity" and eroded the legitimacy of the Damascus government.
The sustained assault on several districts of Homs, which has become a center of armed opposition to President Bashar Assad, killed at least 50 people on Monday, according to the Syrian National Council opposition group.
The statement issued by Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky, the latest and one of the strongest UN condemnations of Syrian government tactics, said Ban was "appalled" by the mounting death toll.
"Such violence is totally unacceptable before humanity," it said. "No government can commit such acts against its people without its legitimacy being eroded."
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