New York

19 June 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Syria

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the continued heavy shelling, aerial attacks and use of barrel bombs by the Syrian government. One such attack, on an improvised camp for internally displaced people in southern Syria on 18 June, reportedly killed over 50 people, including a number of women and children. The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of the indiscriminate use of any weapon against civilians, which contravenes international humanitarian and human rights law. All civilians must be protected in any situation.

The Secretary-General again appeals to all Syrian sides to end the violence and focus on a peaceful, political solution to the conflict.