The United Nations suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, a day after the chief observer there warned that spiraling bloodshed was hindering the ability of his team to fulfill its obligations.
Syria would face United Nations sanctions under a Security Council resolution drafted by Western powers seeking to overcome Russian resistance to measures that would hasten the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.
The rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been seeking recognition, money and resources for months. Now that they’ve started making significant progress toward ousting him, they might get some.
United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters, not only is Syria being destroyed “bit by bit,” the conflict is pushing the region into a situation that is “extremely bad and extremely important for the entire world.