June 11th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Annan 'gravely concerned' about rising violence in Syria, Homs shelling

U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is "gravely concerned" about reports that fighting between Syrian government and opposition forces has escalated, his spokesman said Monday.

"He is particularly worried about the recent shelling in Homs as well as reports of the use of mortars, helicopters and tanks in the town of Al-Haffa, Lattakia. There are indications that a large number of civilians are trapped in these towns," spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said in a statement.

The statement called for the protection of civilians and demanded that U.N. observers be immediately allowed to enter Al-Haffa.

An online video purporting to show live images of Homs on Monday showed more than a dozen large explosions in one hour.

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  1. banasy©

    He should be gravely concerned!
    Now he needs to DO something about it!

    June 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Time to bring all the regions Muslim nations to the table and press them for suggestions for a solution since this is largely a religious power strugle there. Alawite Assad & Co. vs the others...Suni and Shia and whatever else. No input or intervention from the western powers will solve this...where are Syria's religious leaders, too?

    June 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 1amazed1

    German tv today announced that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syria.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |