Syrian rebels blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the killings, but state media said an Islamist opposition faction was to blame.
Syria “is breaking up before everyone’s eyes. Only the international community can help, and first and foremost the Security Council,” Brahimi told the council’s 15 ambassadors, apologising for sounding like a “broken old record.”
Twenty-two months of conflict have now left well over 60,000 dead, according to the UN, which on Wednesday will seek $1.5 billion in humanitarian funding for beleaguered Syrians at a conference in Kuwait.
“The tragedy does not have an end,” Brahimi said.
The Assad government’s legitimacy has been “irreparably damaged,” Brahimi said, however warning that it could still cling to power. He added that both the state and the rebel opposition were committing “equally atrocious crimes.”