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The situation in Syria has deteriorated to the point where even the U.N.'s team of monitors can't go anywhere without coming under fire. Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon held a joint press conference Thursday evening to address the latest massacre in Syria. Ban Ki-Moon revealed that the U.N. monitors came under small-arms fire when they went to investigate Mazraat al-Qubeir, the town where the massacre allegedly took place. The monitors were also turned away by Syrian troops and civilian supporters of the Assad regime when they tried to go through a government checkpoint to reach the village.  

Ban conceded that the peace plan wasn't working, and Annan warned that Syria, 'could soon spiral out of control,' according to Reuters. Annan warned violence wouldn't stop 'without concerted international pressure' from international powers and Syria's neighbours. "We cannot allow mass killing to become part of everyday reality in Syria," Annan said. "If things do not change, the future is likely to be one of brutal repression, massacres, sectarian violence and even all-out civil war. All Syrians will lose."

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