UN observers suspend work in Syria
June 17 , 2012
UN observers in Syria have suspended their activities due to the escalating violence, according to the head of the UN Stabilisation Mission (UNSMIS).
General Robert Mood said the observers would halt patrols and stay in their current locations.
The announcement comes a day after the UN warned that the rise in violence was hampering the observers' ability to do their work.
In recent days, UN observers and their vehicles have been attacked and shot at.
According to UN estimates, the conflict in Syria has left more than 10,000 people dead.