UN monitors trying to get to the scene of a new massacre in Syria were shot at, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, calling the latest atrocity "shocking and sickening."
Ban told of the attack on the UN monitors in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York when he said that Syria's President Bashar al Assad had "lost all legitimacy."
The observer mission said earlier Thursday-it was being prevented from reaching the village of-al Kubeir,-site of the alleged killing of 55 people by pro-regime militias.
"We are receiving information from residents of the area that the safety of our observers is at risk if we enter the village of al Kubeir,"-Maj. Gen.-Robert Mood, the-UN mission head, said in a statement.
"Despite these challenges, the observers are still working to get into the village to try to establish the facts on the ground," he added.
Syrian state television denied that the monitors were being turned back by the Syrian army.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking in Istanbul on Thursday said that-President Bashar al Assad must go.-"Assad must transfer power and depart Syria," she said.-
The United Nations was also due to hear from special envoy Kofi Annan on his battered peace plan for Syria.
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