Bomb explodes near UN observer convoy in Syria

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Major General Robert Mood in the town of Al-Rastan, Homs province

A bomb exploded near a convoy carrying United Nations observers in the Syrian city of Dar'a on Wednesday, according to the office of UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy, Kofi Annan.

The incident, in which several Syrian soldiers were injured, occurred as the convoy entered Dar'a, located in southwestern Syria near the border with Jordan.

No UN observers were injured but several Syrian soldiers had to be taken to hospital.

The unarmed UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) is headed by General Robert Mood of Norway.

Vannina Maestracci is associate spokesperson with Mr. Annan's office:

"General Mood told reporters accompanying his convoy that this was an example of what the Syrian people were suffering on a daily basis and that all forms of violence must stop."

The explosion happened one day after Kofi Annan, who briefed the Security Council

 in New York, described the level of violence and abuse in Syria as "unacceptable."

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