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`Syrian rebels, troops intensifying violence`

The UN says more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since anti-government protests started in March 2011.



Zeenews Bureau

Beirut: The chief UN monitor in Syria on Friday blamed both rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad for intensifying violence in the Middle East country.

Speaking to reporters in Damascus, Major-General Robert Mood accused both the Syrian sides of striving for military gains rather than peaceful transition.

At least 34 people were killed in Syria on Friday, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, most of them by Assad`s forces.

The group, which has a network of activists across Syria, said the death toll included at least six members of Assad`s forces who were killed in clashes with rebels.

"Violence over the past 10 days has been intensified, again willingly by both parties, with losses on both sides and at significant risk to our observers," Mood told reporters.

"There appears to be a lack of willingness to see a peaceful transition. Instead there is a push towards advancing military positions."

The UN says more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since anti-government protests started in March 2011.

(With Agency inputs)

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