A convoy of unarmed observers of the United Nations (UN) was attacked in Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Monday, July 30. “Fortunately there were no injuries,” he told reporters. The 5-vehicle convoy carrying UN mission chief Gen Babacar Gaye came under small arms fire near the protest city of Homs. It was not known who fired the shots. Ban pleaded to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the “violent measures” of his forces in Homs and Aleppo, the target of a major new assault. Ban said, “We are deeply concerned that they are using all sorts, all kinds of heavy equipment, including airplanes and attack helicopters and heavy weaponry. This is an unacceptable situation….The situation is getting worse and worse.”
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