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New footage of attack on UN monitors in Syria

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New footage of attack on UN monitors in Syria


UN monitors have been caught in the crossfire in Syria, a country teetering on the brink of civil war.

A video shot by anti-government activists shows six UN monitors dodging bullets from Syrian troops in the northern province of Idlib.

At least 21 civilians were killed in Tuesday’s attack. All of the observers survived after spending the night with rebel forces.

The UN mission in Syria says there are now 236 monitors in the country. Their task is to verify President Bashar al-Assad’s commitment to an already tenuous ceasefire.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that more than 900 people have been killed since the deal came into effect last month. It also says 12,000 civilians have died since the uprising began 14 months ago.

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