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White House: New approach may be needed in Syria

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 02:11

May 3 - The White House condemns a Syrian student raid and says a new international approach may be needed if a U.N. peace plan fails. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Amateur video out of Syria shows devastated rooms in Aleppo University. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes amid reports that at least four people were killed in early morning clashes at the University. The White House condemned the raid. Spokesman Jay Carney also suggested that the time may have come for a new international approach in Syria (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYING: "If the regime's intransigence continues, the international community is going to have to admit defeat and work to address the serious threat to peace and stability being perpetrated by the Assad regime." Meanwhile, UN monitors are on the ground in Hama where they say they are helping to calm tensions, in Syria. In Hama people fill the streets. The rivers continue to run and government buildings are in tact UN Major General Robert Mood told reporters it is time to move onto a different track. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF UNITED NATIONS (UN) MONITORING MISSION IN SYRIA, MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT MOOD, SAYING: "We have now the opportunity to turn this around. We should not have more children, more women, more suffering, more killing. We need to put it in the direction of the political track," In Aleppo demonstrators are back on the street. They continue to call for an end to President Bashar al Assad's regime. The UN estimates that more ethan 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began last march. The government blames the violence eon foreign backed insurgent groups that they say 2,600 members of its security forces have been killed. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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White House: New approach may be needed in Syria

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 02:11