UN observers, who are members of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, wave hands to their colleagues who are leaving Syria back home in Damascus, Syria, Aug. 13, 2012. A source told Xinhua that a total of 21 UN observers left Syria Monday, adding that the head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) Gen Babacar Gaye took the decision after consultations with the UN Security Council. The source also said the number of observers leaving Syria will hit 42 by the end of the week. (Xinhua/Ayman Nobani)
21 UN observers leave Syria
DAMASCUS, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 21 UN observers left Syria Monday as the mission's extended mandate will expire on August 20, sources told Xinhua.
The reason behind the observers' departure remains officially unknown, however, sources told Xinhua that the head of the mission Gen. Babacar Gaye has taken the decision after consultations with the UN Security Council.Full story