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UN mission to Syria comes under attack in Idlib (+video)

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(Read caption) Post-explosion video of UN convoy in Syrian town with comments from head of UN observation team.
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Members of the United Nations observer mission to Syria, who are in the country to monitor a cease-fire that has fallen apart, came under attack yesterday in Idlib province.

Several observers were traveling through the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a vehicle convoy yesterday when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. At least 20 people were killed in the explosion and the UN vehicles were damaged, but none of the observers were killed, the BBC reports. The government and the opposition are blaming the attack, which happened while the convoy was surrounded by anti-government protesters, on each other.

The monitors were unable to be removed from the city immediately, so they spent the night under the protection of the Free Syrian Army, an armed faction of the opposition.

"They are now with the Free Army, which is protecting them. If they leave, the regime will terminate them because they have witnessed one of its crimes and it does not want them to tell the truth," rebel Maj. Sami al-Kurdi told Reuters.

The New York Times reports that eyewitnesses reached via Skype said a large crowd was gathered for a funeral for a man killed by government forces two days earlier when the UN convoy passed through, headed toward a part of the town where government forces are concentrated to survey checkpoints there. 


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