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.FULL STORY