UN Condemns Assad, Calls for 'Political Transition'

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The U.N. General Assembly called for a "political transition" in Syria and condemned the Assad regime for its use of heavy weapons in populated areas.

The U.N. approved an Arab-backed resolution, drafted by Qatar, calling for a change in leadership and condemning the Assad regime's "systematic violations of human rights."

"At least 80,000 have perished since the start of the hostilities, with most of those casualties believed to be civilians," U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic told the assembly before the vote.

The United States and 106 other nations supported the non-binding resolution, 12 opposed and 59 countries abstained. A similar resolution proposed a year ago got 133 out of 193 votes.

As expected, Russia, a strong supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, opposed the resolution.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, where Christians are reaching out to them.

Jack Shiflett of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism recently returned from the Middle East where he saw firsthand how local churches are trying to help the refugees.

CBN News talked with Shiflett via Skype on the CBN News Channel Morning News, May 16.

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