UN pulls observers out of Aleppo as situation worsens
Published on Aug 7, 2012 7:21 AM
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations observers have been moved out of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo because of worsening security, a UN spokesman said on Monday.
The approximately 20 unarmed observers were moved back to the mission's Damascus headquarters at the weekend.
"It is a temporary relocation because of the deteriorating security," Ms Josephine Guerrero, a UN peacekeeping spokeswoman, told AFP.
President Bashar al-Assad's forces have stepped up shelling of rebel-held districts of Aleppo in recent days.
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