Damascus suburb bombed as observer mission approved
The Syrian army bombed Sunday several areas in Duma, a suburb of Damascus, Syrian activists reported.
According to the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists, explosions rocked Duma early Sunday morning when the troops were conducting raids in several areas of the suburb. Duma witnessed clashes between security forces and rebels before the commencement of the truce on April 12.
An opposition activist based in Duma, Mohammed Saeed, said that tanks were shelling neighborhoods. According to the activist, two people were killed.
This occurred hours after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing 300 observers to be sent to Syria to monitor the cease-fire implemented 10 days ago, which has since been seriously violated by the death of over 200 people. The 300 unarmed military observers should be deployed "quickly" and "for an initial period of 90 days," read the Council's statement.
Immediately after the vote, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon called on Damascus to "quickly create the necessary conditions for the deployment of the mission." French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe, called for the observers to be "deployed rapidly and without hindrance", while threatening Damascus to use "all options" if it does not respect its commitments.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said that "the time of tricks and little tactical games is over."
U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told AFP that Mr. Ban had to be careful about the conditions for sending the observers to Syria. "Our patience is running out. Nobody should say that the U.S. will agree to renew this mission at the end of the 90 days," Rice told the Council.
French Ambassador Gérard Araud supported Washington on this issue, stating, there should not be "an automatic renewal", but only "if we think it would be useful."
Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin described Rice's statement as "unhelpful."
The Free Syrian Army, which includes military dissidents, hailed the vote at the Security Council and Colonel Kassem Saadeddine, its spokesman, said that FSA was "committed to the cease- fire."