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UN pulls observers out of Aleppo as situation worsens

Published on Aug 7, 2012 7:21 AM
Buildings damaged by what activists say is shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, are seen in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 6, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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