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UN team in Syria as Assad prepares TV address

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UN team in Syria as Assad prepares TV address


As Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations continues, a United Nations humanitarian team has arrived in the country.

Dozens of people were killed in recent days, say activists, despite President Assad’s pledge to halt military and police operations against protesters.

The UN says 2,000 civilians have died in the five month uprising. It is difficult to verify events on the ground as the regime has expelled most independent media.

Under growing pressure after this week’s calls from the US and Europe for him to step down, the President will address the nation in a television interview today. It comes as leading opposition figures met in Turkey, to consider how Syria might be run in a post-Assad era.

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