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The violence was the latest blow to a peace plan brokered by special
envoy Kofi Annan that called for a cease-fire to go into effect two
weeks ago. The truce has been roundly ignored on the ground, and the
U.N. has only 15 monitors in Syria who are trying to salvage it.
In New Delhi, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the regime’s
continued repression of the civilian population “has reached an
unacceptable, intolerable stage.” Ban said he was “gravely alarmed” that
killings continue, despite the regime’s commitment to end violence and
withdraw troops and tanks from population centers.
“This is in clear contravention to what the Syrian government has already agreed,” Ban said.
In Damascus, Syrian TV aired footage of white smoke billowing from
under a bridge as people streamed out of a mosque. The streets were
stained with blood. The regime blamed the att
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