Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to provide troops for the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights after Austria decided to withdraw its soldiers, citing escalating risks from Syria’s civil war.
The fighting in Libya and the international sanctions are “paralyzing” the country, causing widespread shortages of food, fuel, medicine and other essential goods, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator said.
Syrian forces are shelling protesters in Damascus suburbs as United Nations envoys arrive in the capital seeking to protect humanitarian-aid efforts and end President Bashar al-Assad’s yearlong crackdown.
Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank leave thousands needing international aid, a United Nations official said as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described “remarkable” economic growth in the territory in a speech to the U.S. Congress.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos travels to Syria and Lebanon this week to discuss ways to step up relief efforts and reduce the suffering of civilians caught up in the fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. is reviewing military action to ease the crisis in Syria even as he cautioned that the opposition and international support aren’t unified enough to intervene now.
Syrian troops backing President Bashar al-Assad stepped up their assault on rebels in Aleppo, prompting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to predict that Assad’s use of “indiscriminate violence” will hasten the regime’s collapse.
U.S. President Barack Obama in concert with European allies called on Syria President Bashar al-Assad to step down, adding momentum for United Nations action to penalize the regime for its deadly crackdown on protests.