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UN chief says time to stop Syria bloodshed is now

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says the international community needs to act quickly to stem the yearlong bloodshed in Syria, saying even a one-minute delay means more deaths.

world Updated: Mar 20, 2012 10:54 IST

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says the international community needs to act quickly to stem the yearlong bloodshed in Syria, saying even a one-minute delay means more deaths.

He says it's the most crucial issue facing the world on Tuesday.

Ban told reporters on Tuesday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, that there is "no time to waste, no time to lose. Just one minute, one hour delay will mean more and more people dead."

The United Nations says well over 8,000 people have died as a result of Syria's bloody crackdown on protesters.

There were signs this week that the country's outgunned opposition was increasingly turning to insurgent tactics, with rebels battling the regime with machine guns and automatic rifles in the streets of the capital.