A veteran Norwegian peacekeeper, Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, has been appointed as the head of the United Nations mission in Syria, AFP reported Saturday (April 28th).
Mood, who headed the UN Truce Supervision Organisation -- which monitors Middle East truces -- from 2009 to 2011, was already en route to Damascus when UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon announced his appointment late on Friday.
Mood knows Damascus well and was there to negotiate conditions for the advance team of UN monitors.
Meanwhile, Syrian government forces killed at least 10 opposition fighters on Saturday in clashes in the Damascus region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Separately, Syria's official news agency SANA reported three soldiers and two "terrorists" were killed in Aleppo in clashes between troops and "armed terrorist groups".
Also on Saturday, Lebanon said it intercepted three containers of weapons destined for Syria on a ship originating in Libya. The weapons included heavy machine guns, artillery shells, rockets, rocket launchers and other explosives.
SANA also reported that gunmen in inflatable boats attacked a military unit near Syria's northern port of Latakia. In the fire-fight that resulted, several gunmen and soldiers were killed, SANA said.