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UN condemns Syria over rally deaths

After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has finally responded to the escalating violence in Syria, condemning President Bashar Assad’s forces for attacking civilians and committing human rights violations. The trigger for the council to act was the military assault launched by the Syrian government over the weekend against the city of Hama, 130 miles north of the capital Damascus, which has a history of defiance. The offensive by Syrian forces, backed by tanks and snipers, was continuing yesterday with reports of at least 100 dead in four days. The presidential statement adopted by the Security Council calls on Syrian authorities to immediately end all violence and…