At least 2,600 people have died during the six months of unrest that has swept Syria, the top United Nations' human rights official said Monday. "According to reliable sources on the ground, the number of those killed since the onset of the unrest in mid-March 2011 in that country has now reached at least 2,600," said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
According to the AP, Pillay said that she was shocked by the continued suppression of dissent in the country. "The situation in Syria is still dire and I really regret that the Syrian government has not let in my assessment team," she said.
Meanwhile, Russia rejected Monday Western calls for greater pressure on Damascus. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said recent American and European sanctions on Syria meant "additional pressure now is absolutely not needed in this direction."