As violence across Syria killed at least 36 people Saturday (June 16th), United Nations monitors suspended their mission to Syria due to an escalation of fighting in the country, AFP reported.
"There has been an intensification of armed violence across Syria over the past 10 days," Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, the mission's leader, said in a statement.
"This escalation is limiting our ability to observe, verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue and stability projects -- basically impeding our ability to carry out our mandate," he said.
"The lack of willingness by the parties to seek a peaceful transition, and the push towards advancing military positions is increasing the losses on both sides: innocent civilians, men, women and children are being killed every day," Mood said.
"In this high-risk situation, UNSMIS (United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria) is suspending its activities," he said.
Mood said the observers will not conduct patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice.