Clashes rage across Syria despite U.N. statement
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.