“People don’t create a force to confront the government. That’s why we are an easy people to govern.”
But the increasingly unstable situation has local residents and U.N. officials worried.
“What we see around the region is a dance of death at the brink of the abyss of war,” said Terje Roed-Larsen, the U.N. special envoy to the Middle East, after briefing the U.N. Security Council last week.
“This is what I fear.”
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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