UN rights chief wants Syria access

By the Associated Press | December 9, 2011 | 3:55 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is pressing Syrian officials to let observers in to access the rights situation, and is reiterating her concerns the conflict could erupt in civil war.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday also confirmed the government's estimate that nearly 1,000 security forces had been killed in the clashes inside the country.

Pillay estimates that more than 4,000 people on all sides have died in the nine-month conflict.

Activists say that Syrian security forces fired on anti-government demonstrations across the country on Friday, killing at least 24 people — including several children.