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UN worries showdown in Aleppo could be imminent
UN rights chief worries buildup of Syrian forces could signal imminent showdown in Aleppo
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) The U.N.'s top human rights official is expressing "deep alarm" at rising threats to civilians in Syria including a build-up of military forces that could preface a major showdown in Aleppo, the second-biggest city.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she worries that a major confrontation in Aleppo could be imminent.

She said in a statement Friday her office fears for civilians' safety due to unconfirmed reports of atrocities, including extra-judicial killings and shooting of civilians by snipers during fighting in the suburbs of Damascus, and rising use of heavy weapons, tanks, attack helicopters and jet fighters in urban areas.

Pillay says that "all this, taken along with the reported build-up of forces in and around Aleppo, bodes ill for the people of that city."

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