At least 59 killed in violence in Syria

March 22, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, March 22 (UPI) -- At least 59 people were killed in fighting in Syria Thursday, a day after a U.N. Security Council resolution called for a halt to the violence, activists said.

The opposition Local Coordinating Committees of Syria said the dead included 12 children and four women, CNN reported.

In the restive city of Hama, civilians were wounded and buildings collapsed during an attack by Syrian security forces, the committees said.

On Thursday, activists said, 23 people were killed in Idlib, 15 in Homs, 13 in Hama, three in Daraa, one in Lattakia, one in Aleppo, two in the Damascus suburbs and one in Damascus.

The fresh violence came a day after 82 people were killed across Syria, 45 of them in Homs, the committees said.

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the Security Council resolution and called Thursday for an end to the violence and human rights violations.

"All the violence must stop," Ban said. "In clear and unmistakable terms, the Security Council called for an immediate end to all violence and human rights violations. It demanded secure humanitarian access and a comprehensive political dialogue between the government and the whole spectrum of the Syrian opposition."

The Security Council also urged a "daily two-hour humanitarian pause" to accommodate relief efforts and called for speeding "the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons" and respect for "freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully."

U.N. officials said more than 8,000 people have been killed in the year of protests, while opposition activists put the death toll at more than 10,000.

In a statement, the Security Council said ,"The Syrian government should immediately cease troop movements towards and end the use of heavy weapons in population centers, and begin pullback of military concentrations in and around population centers."

The Syrian government blames the violence on "armed terrorist groups."

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