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Syria at 'unprecedented levels of horror': UN envoy

Published on Jan 30, 2013 6:00 AM
 A Free Syrian Army fighter stands in front of a building destroyed by a Syrian Air force air strike in the Haresta neighborhood of Damascus on Jan 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The Syria conflict has reached "unprecedented levels of horror," peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday, calling on the United Nations (UN) Security Council to act to end the carnage.

The UN-Arab League envoy told the 15-member council that President Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy has been "irreparably damaged" by the 22-month-old conflict but that he could still hang on to power, diplomats in a closed briefing told AFP.

"Unprecedented levels of horror have been reached. The tragedy does not have an end," Mr Brahimi said amid reports of a shocking new massacre in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

"I'm sorry if I sound like an old broken record," he added. "The country is breaking up before everyone's eyes. Only the international community can help and first and foremost the Security Council."

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