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Ban tells Security Council observers have witnessed tank assaults
Heavy weapons, armor-piercing bullets and surveillance drones have been used against UN observers in Syria to hamper their efforts to monitor the worsening conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Security Council meeting on Thursday, according to diplomats inside the closed-door meeting who spoke to the AFP news agency.
They quoted Ban as saying the tactics had been used to try to force the unarmed monitors to withdraw from areas where government forces have been accused of staging attacks.
Ban told the 15-nation council that UN observers had seen Syrian military convoys approaching villages and tried to stop tank assaults against populated areas, but had been "ignored".
A diplomat inside the meeting told Al Jazeera that Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League envoy, also briefed the council and urged them to "move now, and as one". He said that if results do not come soon, the conflict will "spiral out of control".