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Syria asks UN to prevent aggression against it

Syria asks UN to prevent aggression against it
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Syria has appealed to the United Nations to try to 'prevent any aggression' against it, even as US President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied with...

  • UN probe team to submit evidence to labs
  • Death toll in weekend clash near Damascus rises to 42
  • Russia not convinced by ‘evidence’ of chemical attack
  • China asks US not to take 'unilateral action'
  • Australia offers moral support for US strike

Cairo (PTI): Syria has appealed to the United Nations to try to "prevent any aggression" against it, even as US President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied with war-weary lawmakers to convince them for a limited military strike. "The Syrian government calls on the UN secretary general to assume his responsibilities... And to make efforts to prevent any aggression against Syria," the state-run SANA news agency said, quoting a letter from Syria's UN representative Bashar al-Jaafari.

The death toll in the weekend air raids and fighting in a town near Damascus has risen to 42, a watchdog said, after regime forces retaliated for a rebel attack on army positions. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 rebels had died around the town of Rouhayba, northeast of the Syrian capital.

The Russians said that they are totally unconvinced by evidence presented by the US and its allies of an alleged chemical attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, China asked the US not to launch any "unilateral action" against the troubled country over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

"China is greatly concerned over relevant country may take unilateral action," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here on Monday. Australia on the other hand is offering moral support for a US military strike in Syria while New Zealand said it needs more information after US Secretary of State John Kerry personally called each country's foreign minister.

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