UN relocates staff from Syria as violence increases

Michael Williams

The United Nations is temporarily relocating some staff from Syria amid mounting concern regarding the violent government crackdown against civilian demonstrators, according to Michael Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

Mr. Williams also said he was "very concerned" about the situation in the northern port city of Latakia, where Syrian military forces launched an assault from their war ships on Sunday.

2,000 people have been reportedly been killed and dozens injured since the start of the conflict in mid-March.

The assault on Latakia is the latest in a series of deadly confrontations between Government forces and pro-democracy demonstrators.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) recently condemned the shelling of a camp in Latakia housing Palestinian refugees.

As concern rises about Syrian violence, UN relocates non-essential staff

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