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UN official says intervention needed in Syria

Human rights commissioner warns of war

By Nada Bakri
New York Times / December 3, 2011
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The U.N. high commissioner for human rights yesterday called for international intervention to protect Syrian civilians from the government’s crackdown amid warnings that the country is headed toward civil war. The commissioner, Navi Pillay, estimated that more than 4,000 people, including 307 children, have been killed in the nearly nine months since the uprising erupted against the government of President Bashar Assad. Pillay, who has emerged as a forceful voice on Syria, estimated that at least 14,000 people have been detained.

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