Annan: ‘Alarming levels’ of Syria casualties



UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan says violence is clearly continuing in Syria, with “alarming levels” of casualties being reported daily.

Annan told the U.N. General Assembly in a videoconference briefing from Geneva on Thursday that Syria has informed him of a partial withdrawal from several towns and cities, but he said more far-reaching action is “urgently needed.”

He appealed for an immediate end to all violence and a speedy start to an inclusive political dialogue involving all Syrian parties.