Gen. Robert Mood, head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, told the Security Council Wednesday (June 20th) that his nearly 300 unarmed monitors are "morally obliged" to stay despite increasing violence in the country.
"We are going nowhere," Mood said after the closed meeting concluded.
Also on Wednesday, violence across the country killed at least 58 people, more than a third of them government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The Red Cross said Wednesday it will try to evacuate hundreds of civilians trapped by fierce fighting near the city of Homs. Last week the Observatory said that more than 1,000 families are stuck in the region and noted that dozens of people who were wounded needed urgent medical care.
"Electricity has been cut off for four days" in the Old City of Homs and "there's no more flour to bake bread. There really is nothing to eat," activist Abu Bilal told AFP.