UN officials shocked by massive loss of life in Syria

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The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria on Thursday expressed regret over the further escalation of the conflict in northwest Syria with heavy strikes from both air and ground causing massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of life.
Briefing a US Security Council session on Syria via videoconference from Geneva, Geir O. Pedersen said, "We are witnessing the humanitarian catastrophe that the Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) has warned of." Recalling that Turkey and Russia agreed to a ceasefire on January 12, he said that heavy clashes and mutual shelling nevertheless continued in the days that followed.