Six Syrian Soldiers Injured in Blast Near UN Observer Mission Convoy
A roadside bomb struck a Syrian military truck on Wednesday, wounding six soldiers seconds after a convoy carrying the head of the UN observer mission passed.
The blast - which came just a day after former UN secretary general Kofi Annan issued a plea for peace in the country - cracked the truck’s windows and caused a plume of black smoke to rise into the sky. The UN convoy was not hit.
The attack was a graphic example of what the Syrian people live with every day, the head of the UN observer mission, Major General Robert Mood, told reporters. He said the observers’ work would continue as usual.
The blast went off after Mood headed into the southern city of Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, with a convoy of monitors and journalists. The explosion was more than 100 metres (330ft) behind the convoy.