Ban has stated that the deadline which had been put forward as April 10 wasn't an excuse to continue the killing BBC News
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Activists campaigning against Assad's regime have stated that at least an estimated 100 people have been killed in the last two days as troops launched more operations. Turkey has already warned the UN
over the increasing amount of refugees fleeing across the border from the war zone, at least 230,000 are thought to have been displaced through the violence and 24,000 have fled the country.
Ban has placed the blame on the authorities in Syria stating that they:
"remain fully accountable for grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. These must stop at once."
He added that he:
"demands that the government of Syria immediately and unconditionally cease all military actions against the Syrian people."
Many of the 24,000 refugees have stated they were fleeing from heavy and intense bombardment by regime forces, Homs the third largest city is still seeing fighting as well as shelling by regime forces that often sees scores of civilians killed. The intense fighting is also continuing to see thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire between the warring army and opposition forces.
The United Nations is attempting to broker a ceasefire, these efforts are being led by Mr. Kofi Annan whom intends to have it implemented on the 10th of April with the aim of having the opposition follow the governments lead and have them agree to a political solution.