UN strongly condemns bombing in Syrian town of Daraa

Arab World Materials 10 May 2012 02:44 (UTC +04:00)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the bombing that wounded a number of Syrian soldiers Wednesday in Daraa, at a military checkpoint where a UN convoy had just driven through, dpa reported.

"We have no evidence to believe that the explosion was intended to target the UN mission convoy," Ban said. "This incident demonstrates the difficult and challenging conditions under which our United Nations observers are operating."

Ban said he was "deeply concerned" about the recent increase in the use of explosive devices, some of them improvised, throughout Syria.

"This mission and the efforts of the Joint Special Envoy (Kofi Annan) are possibly the only remaining chance to stabilize the country and avert a civil war," Ban said.