UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the future of Syria should not rest on the fate of a single man, clearly referring to the head of the Assad regime.
In his final address to an annual gathering of world leaders at the UN, Ki-moon said: “Many groups have killed many innocents – but none more so than the government of Syria, which continues to barrel bomb neighborhoods and systematically torture thousands of detainees.”
Ki-moon said the UNGA meeting was attended by representatives of the governments that “have ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned and carried out atrocities inflicted by all sides of the Syrian conflict against Syrian civilians.”
The UN Secretary General, meanwhile, lashed out at those who attacked a UN-Syrian Red Crescent convoy in rural Aleppo on Tuesday. “Yesterday’s sickening and savage attack on aid convoy in Syria is latest example of depravity in this conflict,” said Ban, who described those behind the attack, which killed and injured many people, as “cowards.”
Over 36 people, including nine children and five women, were killed across Syria on Tuesday. One person was also killed under torture in Assad’s prisons, according to activists.
The Assad regime has announced the truce over and resumed bombing of cities and vital civilian facilities. Tuesday saw the fiercest attempts by regime forces to storm the district of Jobar in Damascus, but the attempts were repelled by FSA and rebel fighters. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)