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GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights official called on Syria on Thursday to halt its “assault on its own people” and said that more than 1,100 people may have been killed and up to 10,000 detained since March.

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also urged Damascus to allow her fact-finding mission into the country to investigate all allegations, including the killing of 120 members of the security forces by armed gangs.

“It is utterly deplorable for any government to attempt to bludgeon its population into submission, using tanks, artillery and snipers,” she said in a statement. “I urge the Government to halt this assault on its own people’s most fundamental human rights.”

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