"Brutal conflict driving Syria to its destruction" warns UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The brutal conflict in Syria is driving the country to its destruction, as troubling reports of atrocities continue.

The warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who also condemned the killing of an elderly priest.

Mr. Ban demanded that the warring parties and their supporters in Syria ensure that civilians are protected regardless of their religion, community or ethnic affiliation.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"Both the Syrian government and armed groups have the legal obligation and moral responsibility to do so. They must do everything to avoid and prevent violence against civilians, including indiscriminate shelling and air attacks on civilian areas. The Secretary-General condemned the killing of an elderly priest, Father Frans van der Lugt, in Homs yesterday and expressed his concerns about continuing gross human rights violations. There is a belief by too many in Syria and beyond that this conflict can be won militarily." (23")

The Secretary-General said more violence would only bring more suffering and instability to Syria and lead to chaos in the region.

He again urged all Syrians to put a stop to the conflict.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1'17"

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