UN Monitors caught in Syria crossfire

The monitors said by telephone that they were safe - they were under the "protection" of the Free Syrian Army who attacked the convoy and killed 21. None of the monitors were injured. Reuters: Each side blamed the other for the attack in Khan Sheikhoun in northern Idlib province. Some rebel and opposition sources put the death toll from the attack as high as 66. Pro-government Addounia TV said gunmen had opened fire on the monitors, but did not mention casualties. The monitor who spoke to Reuters said gunfire had erupted as a seven-man U.N. team toured Khan Sheikhoun, then a blast damaged one of the group's vehicles. Ahmad Fawzi, international mediator Kofi Annan's spokesman, said the convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. "Three U.N. vehicles were damaged but no U.N. personnel were hurt in this explosion. The mission has sent a patrol team to the area to help to extract those U.N. military observers," he said in a statement. Internet footage appeared to show a white...(Read Full Post)