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A girl smiles at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on Aug. 6, 2012. The camp is one of many set up along the border between Jordan and Syria under the management of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and with the help of local charity groups. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
A Syrian boy drinks water at the Zaatari Camp, Jordan's first official camp for Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country, in Mafraq, near the Syrian border, on July 31, 2012. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
Syrian Muslims sleep as they wait for the time to break their fast at at the Umayyad Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Damascus, Syria, July 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Qin Haishi)
Major-General Robert Mood (2nd L), head of United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on July 19, 2012. Robert Mood said Thursday that the situation in Syria is not on track for peace given the escalation of violence over the past days before leaving for Geneva. (Xinhua/Hazim)
Egyptian protesters clash with riot police after a protest demanding expulsion of the Syrian ambassador near the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt on July 18, 2012. Dozens of protesters were wounded and at least 14 police soldiers were injured during the clashes. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
Journalists and members of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria are seen near the site of a suicide attack at the national intelligence building in Damascus, Syria, July 18, 2012. Syria's state TV on Wednesday denied reports saying that Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim al- Shaar got killed in the boming targeting the nation's intelligence compound while confirming the deaths of Defense Minister Dawood Rajaha, Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat and President Assad' s brother-in-law. (Xinhua/Hazim)
Jihad Makdessi, the spokesman of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, speaks during the press conference in Damascus, Syria, July 15, 2012. He denied the use of helicopter gunships and tanks in the army operation on the carnage-hit town of Traimseh last week, saying what happened was not a massacre but clashes between the Syrian troops and armed groups. (Xinhua/Hazim)
Syrian Students studying in Iran shout slogans during a rally in support of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in front of the UN office in Tehran, capital of Iran, April 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
Relatives of Lebanese hostages that were held by Syrian rebels wait for their arrival from Turkey to Beirut's international airport May 25, 2012. 11 Lebanese hostages kidnapped in northern Syria were set free on Friday and were on their way to Beirut. (Xinhua/Bilal)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal (not in the picture) following their meeting in Copenhagen, May 31, 2012. Hillary Clinton said here Thursday that the United States continues to back UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria, and dismissed talk of a military solution to the conflict there.(Xinhua/Yang Jingzhong)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a press conference in Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2012. Putin and Merkel on Friday said they favored a political solution for Syria and agreed to work with other countries to prevent the crisis in the country from worsening. (Xinhua/Ma Ning)
Participants pose for a group photo during the second meeting of the advisory board of the newly established UN Counter-Terrorism Centre in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah, on June 3, 2012. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for broad international talks on the Syrian crisis on Sunday. (Xinhua/Saudi Press Agency)
UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan (C) talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the meeting of the Action Group on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on June 30, 2012. Foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain - attended the meeting along with counterparts from regional powers Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq in Geneva on Saturday. (Xinhua/Xie Haining)