The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday condemned the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters. The council issued a presidential statement that condemns the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.
The announcement comes amid talks that began Monday in New York to address the crisis, and it would address what a White House spokesman is calling a "grotesque and appalling" situation.
It also comes as security forces brazenly advance into what residents there say is the heart of restive city of Hama, a center of discontent and bastion of anti-government protest where violent tensions have persisted for days.U.N. Security Council prepares breakthrough statement on Syria