A TEAM OF UN observers has been evacuated from a town in northern Syria after coming under attack there yesterday and being stranded overnight in the area.
The convoy was was struck by a roadside bomb in Khan Sheikhoun yesterday; the mission later said that no injuries were reported but three of the vehicles were damaged.
A UN spokesperson said that rebel forces had given the observers shelter in the town. The AP reports that the head of the observer mission Major General Robert Mood said this morning that he had spoken to the observers by phone and they said they were “happy and safe where they are”.
The six observers have since been evacuated from the town.
No one has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s roadside bomb attack.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the bomb attack came shortly after Syrian regime forces opened fire on a funeral procession in the town, killing up to 20 people. The activist group called on the UN team to investigate the funeral attack thoroughly and bring the perpetrators to justice.
- Additional reporting by the AP