UN convoy struck by roadside bomb in NW Syria

UN observers in the Bayada district of the city of Homs in western Syria on May 5, 2012
UN observers in the Bayada district of the city of Homs in western Syria on May 5, 2012
Tue May 15, 2012 8:18PM GMT
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Vehicles of a convoy of United Nations monitors
observing the ceasefire in Syria were damaged by a roadside bomb in the province of Idlib in the northwest of the country but no UN personnel were injured.


"The UN Mission in Syria reports that shortly after 2 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) today, a UN convoy of four vehicles was struck by an explosion from an improvised explosive device… Three UN vehicles were damaged. No UN personnel were injured,” the Associated Press quoted Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, as saying in a statement issued on Tuesday. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. While the West and the Syrian opposition say the government is responsible for the killings, Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. 

Meanwhile, UN observers continue to monitor a ceasefire, which has officially been in effect for more than three weeks. 

The ceasefire is part of a six-point peace plan presented by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan in March. 

The first group of UN observers arrived in Damascus on April 15 in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2042, which had been approved on the previous day. 

On April 21, the Security Council met and unanimously approved Resolution 2043, which ratified a proposal to send a mission of 300 observers to Syria.