The United Nations has strongly criticised Syria for accelerating its killing of pro-democracy demonstrators after the deployment of Arab League monitors. It also went on to condemned the harassment of the observers.
US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said after a behind closed doors briefing: “In the days since the Arab League monitoring mission has been on the ground, in fact an estimated 400 additional people have been killed, an average of 40 a day, a rate much higher than was the case before their deployment.”
Earlier, an address by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was well received by his supporters when he vowed to strike what he called “terrorists” with an iron fist. He also derided Arab League efforts to halt the violence in the 10 month revolt against his rule.
In the latest unverified amateur video, regime supporters are said to be surrounding a vehicle carrying observers. An attack was reported in the port city of Latakia in which 11 league monitors were hurt.