Syria: Ban Ki-moon calls on President Assad to stop violence

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop using military force against civilians, during a phone conversation.

“During a telephone conversation with Syrian President, the Secretary-General expressed his deep concern and that of the international community about the increasing violence and rising death toll in Syria in recent days,” said the UN in a statement.

Since March 15, Syria is torn by a protest movement against the regime. The opposition and human rights, repression of the popular revolt in Syria by the security forces killed more than 1,500 dead. Some 3,000 people are missing.

EnterFriday, August 5, across the country, thousands of protesters again marched through the streets, demanding the departure of President Bashar al-Assad. Clashes between protesters and police left at least 22 deaths, mostly in the suburbs of Damascus.

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