August 16th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

U.N. ending observer mission in Syria, French envoy says

The United Nations observer mission in Syria will expire this weekend and will not be extended, France's Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, told reporters Thursday.

The news comes as the Syrian government pounded the country's largest city Thursday, using aerial forces to shell neighborhoods and intensifying the siege that has become a focal point of the country's civil war.

CNN inside Syria: Nobody imagined it would turn into this

Meanwhile, in neighboring Lebanon, another person was kidnapped in an incident believed to be linked to the violence in Syria.

At least 158 new deaths were reported across Syria on Thursday, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees in Syria. The deaths include 50 in Aleppo.

They also include 60 unidentified bodies found in Qatana, a Damascas suburb, the LCC said. The bodies, found in a landfill, "seem to have been executed in a massacre by the regime's army," the group said.

At least eight people were killed and more than 50 wounded when shells struck near an Aleppo bakery where people had lined up to buy bread, said Ahmad al-Zaeem, a commander in the rebel Free Syrian Army. At least 150 people have been wounded in the latest violence in Aleppo, he said.

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  1. @Philip

    Unicylers? What is THAT/ Another way to diminish women? OMG! Grow up!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pass the Popcorn

    Sorry, Philip, old boy, but banasy didn't start with you. Are you really going off on banasy because she doesn't talk about the same things you want to? Really? It's called change the subject or let it go. How dumb.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Irma Aguirre M.

    The wars in this part of the planet are very common. I would say that they should stop war of course but sometimes people is being treated so badly that they have to take a major decision to stop being oppressed. If there are enough valid reasons to make a civil war then they should protest but without violence. Some people in this city believe that violence is the solution. Others, however, are claiming for having peace again . All in all, war must stop and look for alternative solutions to come to an agreement and have a balanced living, which includes a good quality of living, between government and citizens.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zhel

    I think this is not the way to stop being oppressed, there are many innocent people dying, they need to do something else. People need stop the war even when it supposed that the fight is just for one country there are others who is helping the govern to win.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gerar

    I think that the other countries have to do something to stop this situation in Syria. Because many innocent people are dying without a reason. They try to find a place to live in a better way but they just find a country that has a lot of problems and now arise new ones. The internal problems have to be resolve in the next days or this could get worse.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |

    Violence is not only in this country, people are dying everyday, some for government injustices, but we are only as a viewers, people have to face and express their unconformity but not with the same manner as the govement do.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope

    How bad is it that the U.N. Observers are leaving?

    Very bad, and dangerous, too. And, to think...

    It could've been prevented.

    Here's to your Undestroyable Axis of Resistance...


    Free Syria, the real, Syria;

    August 18, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hope


    Pack it in!



    August 18, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Southern mom


    August 19, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. .

    What exactly to UN observers do anyway? Nothing. That's what. Absolutely nothing.

    Besides, who cares if one group of crazed Islamo fascists are destroying another group of blood thirsty Islamo fascists. '

    Make the world a better place.

    August 19, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
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