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Hague pushes for lifting of arms embargo in Syria as Europe agrees to buy oil from rebels

A woman walks past street graffiti reading 'Victory coming' in Deir al-Zor in Syria on April 20. Photo: Reuters

Foreign Secretary William Hague is calling for the lifting of an arms embargo against Syria to enable rebel forces to be supplied with weapons, and said he would raise the issue with EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg today.

Speaking after the latest report of a civilian massacre in the war-torn country he said he was "appalled" at the fresh reminder of the "callous brutality" of the Assad regime.

European Union governments today agreed to ease sanctions on Syria to allow for purchases of crude from the opposition, in the hope of throwing a financial lifeline to rebels. Under the new rules European importers can buy oil from suppliers approved by an opposition umbrella group. Neil Connery reports.

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A many as 85 people, including women and children are thought to have been killed in the Damascus suburb of Jdaiet al-Fadl by Assad's forces.

I am appalled by the reports of the killing by Syrian Government forces of dozens of people, including women and children, in the town of Jdaidet Al-Fadl, a suburb of Damascus.

This is yet another reminder of the callous brutality of the Assad regime and the terrible climate of impunity inside Syria.

It underlines the urgent need to bring the conflict in Syria to an end.

European Union governments have agreed to ease sanctions on Syria to allow for purchases of crude from the opposition, in the hope of throwing a financial lifeline to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Under the new rules European importers can buy oil from suppliers approved by an opposition umbrella group.