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April 18, 2012 7:00 pm

UN Monitors Forced to Flee Syrian Neighborhood as Gunfire Erupts

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UN Special Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan. Photo: wiki commons.

ABC Melbourne – Gunfire has erupted close to an advance team of UN observers minutes after they were swarmed by angry protesters, giving a taste of the challenge facing a mission to monitor a shaky week-old truce that has so far failed to stop Syria’s violence.

Protesters denouncing president Bashar al-Assad had surrounded the observers, cars near the capital, Damscus.

Shortly after, automatic weapons fire sent the crowds scurrying for safety.

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