Bodies wrapped in shrouds lay on the ground in the Syrian town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province
In this image grab taken from AFP video footage taken on June 10, bodies wrapped in shrouds lay on the ground in the town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province. UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is "gravely concerned" by a step up in fighting by Syrian government forces and the opposition, his spokesman has said. © - AFP/File
Bodies wrapped in shrouds lay on the ground in the Syrian town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province
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Last updated: June 11, 2012

Annan "gravely concerned" about Syrian violence

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is "gravely concerned" by a step up in fighting by Syrian government forces and the opposition, his spokesman said on Monday.

Annan "is gravely concerned by the latest reports of violence coming out of Syria and the escalation of fighting by both government and opposition forces," said Ahmad Fawzi in a statement.

Fawzi said Annan, who brokered the faltering six-point plan to end 15 months of bloodshed in Syria, cited recent shelling in Homs and the reported use of mortar, helicopter and tanks in the town of Al-Haffa in Latakia.

"There are indications that a large number of civilians are trapped in these towns," said Fawzi.

"The Joint Special Envoy demands that the parties take all steps to ensure that civilians are not harmed, and further demands that entry of the UN Military Observers be allowed to the town of Al-Haffa immediately."

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