Iran Urges Cease-Fire
About 1.5 million people in Syria have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict, according to ChalokaBeyani, a United Nations human-rights official.
The numbers of displaced persons within Syria and refugees fleeing to neighboring countries has grown as the fighting has intensified, with the Syrian government using tanks, artillery and aircraft to attack rebel forces in places such as Aleppo, the nation’s largest city.
At least 142 people were killed yesterday, including 33 in Aleppo and 40 in Damascus area, the Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, reported on its website.
“The intense fighting and use of heavy weaponry in densely populated areas are a major concern,” Beyani, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement from Geneva.
Three month cease-fire
In Tehran, a 27-nation conference on Syria convened by Iran endorsed that nation’s call for a three-month cease-fire to begin with Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, which falls around Aug. 19.
The final communique called for holding negotiations on “political solutions based on national dialogue,” while also warning of the “dangerous impacts” if other nations continue to arm the Syrian opposition. Participants in the conference included Russia and China, which have blocked UN Security Council actions against Syria, as well as Algeria, Belarus, Cuba, India, Iraq, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.