Syria: Bomb narrowly misses UN observer convoy

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Syria: Bomb narrowly misses UN observer convoy

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An explosion has hit an army truck accompanying UN ceasefire monitors in Syria’s southern province of Deraa.

The head of the monitoring mission was in the convoy which had just passed when the blast occurred. No observers were injured but several Syrian soldiers were hurt.

On Tuesday, UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan warned his peace plan offered a last chance for Syria.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, after briefing the UN Security Council by videolink, he said: “I am sure, I am not telling you any secret when I tell you that there is a profound concern that the country could otherwise descend into full civil war.”

Both sides in the conflict are accused of ignoring the UN-backed ceasefire, nearly a month after it was announced.

Deaths reported on Wednesday include at least seven pro-government militiamen killed by rebels in Damascus. Lebanese residents claimed Syrian troops had fired across the border, killing a 75-year-old woman.

Parliamentary elections have failed to halt the carnage. The government promoted the vote as a milestone on its path to reform but the opposition boycotted the ballot, dismissing it as a sham.