BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhuanet/GNA) — In an interview with a Russian television station, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has spoken out against nations he believes are “sowing chaos” in the country. In an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who back the rebel forces opposing Assad, the President said the leaders of some countries are only promoting terrorism and unrest in Syria.

 

His comments came on a day of several reported violent clashes. Six UN monitors were caught in the middle of a crossfire at a funeral in which at least 21 people were killed. The monitors were not harmed. It is still unclear who carried out the attack.

 

An opposition group has also said at least fifteen people have been killed by government forces since Tuesday in the Shammas district of Homs.

 

There has been no independent confirmation of these claims. Such relentless violence seriously challenges the ceasefire that is theoretically in place.

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