UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "gravely concerned" about the rising death toll in Syria, assistant secretary general Oscar Fernandez Taranco said Tuesday (June 19th).
Ban wants the Security Council to unite to apply "sustained pressure" on Syrian government to apply the peace plan of UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, Taranco said.
Russia has rejected western demands for UN sanctions against Syria. China has also twice vetoed resolutions which hinted at tougher measures.
Gen. Robert Mood, the mission's leader, and UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous are to brief the Council in person on Tuesday afternoon.
More than 3,300 people have been killed in violence across Syria since the observers were deployed, and their initial 90-day mandate runs out July 20th.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 1,000 families are currently stranded in Homs, while the opposition Syrian National Council said Homs is under siege by thousands of soldiers and pro-regime militiamen.
According to the Observatory, columns of black smoke were seen above the Homs district of Baba Amr, which was captured by government forces in March.
Elsewhere in Syria, a civilian was shot dead in the northern city of Aleppo during an anti-regime demonstration.
Clashes were also reported in Idlib, near the Turkish border, where the army was reportedly employing tanks.
Five people were reported killed after government troops shelled the northern Damascus suburb of Douma.