2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.

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Syrian conflict 'risks radicalising young Brits' warns MP

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr. Credit: Press Association

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr has warned that young British Muslims are in danger of being radicalised by the conflict in Syria.

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme Mahmood said he was worried the situation had the potential to radicalise a new generation of jihadists willing to go and fight for the Free Syrian Army. He said:

"I am extremely concerned at the moment because I see similar things to what happened at the original stages of the Afghanistan war where we were supporting the mujahideen against the Russians.

We wanted to get the Russians out and we armed people, we encouraged people to go out there and fight in the jihad"

Amos: Both sides must do more to protect civilians in Syria

The UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has called on the Syrian government and the rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army to do more to protect the millions of civilians caught up in the 17-month conflict.

Amos said 2.5 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance. She appealed to the international community to provide more funding, and to the Assad regime to allow NGOs into the country.

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'40 dead and at least 100' injured in Azaz blast

The death toll from yesterday's attack on Azaz has increased to 40 people. Credit: APTN/ Shaam/Press Association

More than 40 people were killed and at least 100 others injured in Syrian government air strikes on a residential area of Azaz in Northern Syria yesterday.

So many people were wounded that the local hospital locked its doors, directing casualties to the nearby Turkish border.

Human Rights Watch attended the site after the attack and a whole residential block was destroyed. Credit: APTN/ Shaam/Press Association

Human Rights Watch investigated the site of the bombings two hours after the attack and condemned the Assad regime for displaying a "callous disregard for human life."

Activists from Shaam, a pro Free Syrian Army news agency took these pictures Credit: APTN/ Shaam/Press Association

Anna Neistat from Human Rights Watch said "this horrific attack killed and wounded scores of civilians and destroyed a whole residential block" and put the death toll at more than 40 people.

Houses razed to the ground after Syrian air strike in Azaz

People stand on a house destroyed during a recent Syrian Air force air strike in Azaz Credit: Reuters

Pictures have emerged of the aftermath of an air attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz.

The pictures show that houses have been reduced to rubble as people clamber over the remains in the hunt for survivors.

Men search for bodies of people killed during a recent Syrian Air Force air strike in Azaz Credit: Reuters

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Syrian 'air strike wounds seven Lebanese hostages'

An air strike on the northern Syrian town of Azaz wounds seven Lebanese hostages being held there, while four others are still missing, according to a rebel commander.

The building they (the hostages) were in was hit ... We were able to remove seven from the wreckage. They are wounded, and some of the injuries are serious. Four more of them are still missing and we are continuing search and rescue operations. We pray to God that they will still be alive.

– Rebel commander Ahmed Ghazali to the Lebanese news channel Al Jadeed

Syrian 'air strike kills 30'

An air strike by a Syrian plane in the northern rebel-held town of Azaz kills 30 people and wounds scores, according to local doctor, Mohammad Lakhini, who has been speaking at a hospital in Azaz.

The air strike has reduced several houses in the town to rubble and dozens of men have clawed through the concrete and metal debris looking for survivors.

UN investigators to update 'war crimes' list

UN investigators have called for Ban Ki Moon to send their report to the Security Council to take appropriate actions given the gravity of crimes by all sides.

People gather at a mass burial for the victims purportedly killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla Credit: Reuters

Investigators have also said that they will update their list of people and units suspected of crimes against humanity to the UN rights chief Navi Pillay.

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