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UN observers in Syria attacked by crowds, shot at
UN observers in Syria attacked by angry crowds, shot at trying to visit embattled village
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' The United Nations says members of its observer team in Syria were attacked by angry crowds as they tried to reach an embattled mountain village near President Bashar Assad's hometown. The vehicles also were later shot at.

None of the observers were injured.

The global body says the observers' vehicles were surrounded Tuesday before they could reach rebel-held Haffa ' a village about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Assad's hometown of Kardaha. The U.N. says the crowds hurled stones and metal rods at the vehicles, which then turned back.

It says shots were fired at the three vehicles as they were heading toward Idlib.

The U.N. says the crowds appeared to be residents of the area but the source of the gunfire was unclear.

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