Kofi Annan will brief the U.N. Security Council on Friday about the deteriorating situation in Syria as the deadly conflict enters its second year.
Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy on Syria, met last weekend with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the hopes of finding an end to the bloodshed.
His briefing on the visit will be held via closed teleconference.
More than 8,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the United Nations, but opposition activists said the overall toll is more than 9,000, mostly civilians.
The U.N. and officials from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation plan to go on an assessment mission led by the Syrian government to the provinces of Homs, Hama, Tartous, Latakia, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, Rif Damashq and Daraa to asses the humanitarian need.FULL STORY