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Violence welcomes the UN's top ceasefire monitor

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Violence welcomes the UN's top ceasefire monitor


There has been more deadly violence in Syria as the head of the UN monitoring force arrived in the country to oversee a fragile ceasefire between government forces and those who want to see the end of the Assad regime.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two bombs targeted government buildings in the northern city of Idlib killing more than 20 people.

State television reported that anti-government factions fired rocket propelled grenades at Syria’s Central Bank in the capital Damascus overnight causing slight damage.

It was a violent welcome for the Norwegian soldier charged with overseeing the UN-brokered truce.

Maj Gen Robert Mood said: “I urge everyone to make sure that we have a sustainable cessation of violence.”

Amateur video has emerged purporting to be from Homs, showing UN observers witnessing the removal of a body from a street. Messages on social media websites claimed sniper fire had prevented residents collecting it sooner.

One activist said violence in Homs has dropped sharply since the UN posted two observers there permanently.

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