Situation in Syria "turning grimmer every day" says UN officialListen /
The situation in Syria is turning grimmer every day and risks spreading to neighbouring countries in a volatile region.
That's what United Nations Political Affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told reporters on Tuesday after briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria.
Mr. Feltman said that a proposed pause over the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday failed to hold and that fighting between Syrian forces and the opposition continues.
"Our overriding message is one of great concern. The situation inside Syria is turning grimmer every day and the risk is growing that the crisis could explode outward into an already volatile region. We might in fact already be seeing the signs of the spill-over in Lebanon, in Turkey and as well as activities in recent days in UNDOF's area of operations in the Golan." (Duration: 27")
UNDOF is the UN Disengagement Observer Force which has been monitoring the ceasefire between Syrian and Israeli forces in the Golan Heights since 1974.
Sporadic fire fights between Syrian forces and opposition fighters have been reported in the Golan Heights.