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Syria criticises UN chief following report

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar Al-Jaafari yesterday launched a sharp attack on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his monthly report to the UN Security Council accusing him of being biased.

Al-Jaafari said the UN chief's report on Syria "rises to the level of a scandal, and contains many legal inaccuracies", objecting also to the use of the term "moderate opposition groups".

"The terrorist practices of these so-called moderate opposition have exposed their true intentions. The terrorist Jaysh Al-Islam group is linked to Saudi Arabia and has showered the capital Damascus with hundreds of missiles and the Jaysh Al-Fateh, which is linked to Turkey and Qatar, has launched hundreds of missiles on the city of Aleppo and the villages surrounding Idlib," Al- Jaafari said.

"Ban Ki-moon said in his report that the United Nations presented to the regime's government 48 requests to allow the entry of relief convoys during the period from January 1 to June 30. The regime granted the approval to 34 requests not 20 as the report claimed while the UN did not implement nearly 10 approvals granted in April and in June," he added.

Ban yesterday demanded the UN Security Council take immediate action to put an end to the daily violations of international law and the killing of civilians in Syria.

He accused all parties involved in the Syrian conflict of "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians".

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