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UN urges Syria to protect civilians

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Added On August 18, 2015

UN humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, has appealed to all conflicting parties in Syria to respect international humanitarian law.

His comments come just days after nearly 100 people were killed by government shelling on a market in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
 
Stephen O'Brien is on his first visit to Syria since becoming the UN humanitarian chief in May.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): STEPHEN O'BRIEN, UN humanitarian chief
"I appeal to every party engaged in violence and fighting to protect civilians and to respect international humanitarian law."
 
O'Brien also says he is horrified by reports of attacks that result in high civilian casualties.