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Violence Rages in Syria as UN Passes Resolution

Damaged buildings in Aleppo's district of Salah Edinne, August 3, 2012. Damaged buildings in Aleppo's district of Salah Edinne, August 3, 2012.
Damaged buildings in Aleppo's district of Salah Edinne, August 3, 2012.
Damaged buildings in Aleppo's district of Salah Edinne, August 3, 2012.
VOA News
Syrian security forces cracked down hard on rebels in Damascus and Aleppo on Friday, while U.N. diplomats condemned the Syrian government and criticized the Security Council for their roles in the country's 17-month old uprising.

Activists say Syrian troops stormed opposition strongholds in the suburbs of the capital and shelled some neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday that about two dozen people were killed in unrest across Syria.

Ban pleads for gobal powers to end war

At the U.N., the General Assembly approved a non-binding resolution that condemns Syria's use of heavy weapons in the fight against rebel forces. The vote also criticizes the U.N. Security Council for failing to stem the violence in Syria.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the Syria conflict is now a "proxy war" and urged major powers to end the violence. He said the "the immediate interests of the Syrian people must be paramount over any larger rivalries of influence."

Syria allies Russia and China have previously vetoed three Security Council resolutions on Syria. Ban said  the Council has become "paralyzed" over Syria.

Syria remains belligerent

Syria blasted the General Assembly's action. The country's U.N. ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari called the resolution a "piece of theater" that would have no impact on the country.

The assembly vote took place a day after Kofi Annan announced his resignation as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, blaming what he called a lack of unity in the Security Council.
Both the Syrian rebels and the government failed to commit to Annan's peace plan, which included an immediate cease-fire and talks on a transitional government.

The Security Council resolutions vetoed by China and Russia would have held Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for his failure to abide by the Annan plan and threatened him with sanctions.

Video of Kofi Annan's resignation and international reaction

Kofi Annan's Resignation Statement and International Reactioni
August 03, 2012 12:53 PM
Kofi Annan's Resignation Statement and International Reaction

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Patriot from: USA
August 04, 2012 12:33 AM
Screw the UN United Nation sounds like a One world government to me !!
is UN the New World Order ? Dream on !!
want to start with America by taking her arms away ?
you can pry mine out of my cold dead american hands !!
Keep out of countries you have no buisness in .

by: revbaboon from: denver
August 03, 2012 7:51 PM
Worthless, Spineless Aggregate of Nations. Russia and China our Friends? Why do we continue to Fund this worthless bunch. We seem to be the 'John' who keeps paying for it cause he can't find it for himself.

by: Bern Wermple from: Norway
August 03, 2012 5:25 PM
Incredible! just what the rebels need, another puff of hot air from the UN. Words will not win a war, feed the hungry or sway dictators but lets try again....incredible! Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

by: badself from: Florida
August 03, 2012 2:44 PM
UN Assembly Condemns Syrian Government

That should do it.

In Response

by: Ban Smo King from: South Pacific
August 03, 2012 5:07 PM
Yes, that should do it indeed!
Ban Ki Moon urged.......
Ban Ki Moon called for........
Ban Ki Moon seeks.....
Ban Ki Moon blames..... for.......
Ban Ban Ki Moon
Dissolve the useless expensive unworkable, corrupt, tax-free jobs for the boys and girls UN, its a beached whale

by: WFHN from: USA
August 03, 2012 2:35 PM
And this matters how? I guess these diplomats can all go home now with a clear conscience and have a nice weekend.

by: Buck Mast from: McMinnville,Tennessee
August 03, 2012 2:30 PM
The infamous U.N. should be given 30 days to get out of America and any U.N. official caught after 30 days should be charged with treason against the U.S. Constitution

In Response

by: Yohova from: newyork
August 04, 2012 12:04 AM
UN is our instrument to invade oil rich countries and perpetuate looting and colonialist bl ood sucking . Some call it our Samaritan

by: jpereda from: los angeles ca.
August 03, 2012 1:06 PM
That is useless, The US and Europe and Nato should help arm the rebels with Anti tank and Anti aircraft weapons. Instead of just talk and sit ,Actions not Words if they want to defeat Assad.

In Response

by: Max6346 from: UK
August 03, 2012 5:29 PM
Don't be stupid chances are those weapons will fall into Al'queda's hands and then what for our troops?

We should secure the Chemical weapons in there country and let them have at it and not get involved.

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by: Akram from: Dubai
August 03, 2012 2:36 PM
jpereda........ maybe you need to send to the "rebels" aircrafts, chemical and nukes also.

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