Clashes rage across Syria de­spite U.N. state­ment

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BEIRUT | Syr­ian troops shelled and raided op­po­si­tion ar­eas and clashed with rebel fight­ers across the coun­try Thurs­day de­spite U.N. ef­forts to stop the blood­shed so aid could reach suf­fer­ing civil­ians.

Ac­tivists cited the fresh vi­o­lence in dis­miss­ing a U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil state­ment call­ing for a cease-fire to al­low for di­a­logue on a so­lu­tion.

The gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad also played down the state­ment, say­ing Da­m­as­cus is un­der no threats or ul­ti­ma­tums.

Mount­ing in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion of Mr. As­sad’s regime and high-level di­plo­macy have failed to ease the year-old Syria con­flict, which the U.N. says has killed more than 8,000 peo­ple.

Ac­tivists re­ported dozens of peo­ple killed Thurs­day, in­clud­ing at least 12 gov­ern­ment sol­diers.

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