UN envoy: Syria crisis worsens

The crisis in Syria has deteriorated sharply, the international peace envoy for the country has said. Lakhdar Brahimi, though, said he believed a solution was still possible in 2013 under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.

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UN: Lost lives in Syrian crisis at 60,000 and rising

More than 60,000 people have now been killed during the uprising and civil war in Syria, the United Nations has estimated.

The figure is far higher than previously thought and already out of date, with a government air force attack on a petrol station in a rebel held area of Damascus reported to have killed dozens more since the UN announcement was made.

ITV News's Paul Davies has this report, which contains distressing pictures:

UN envoy: Syria peace possible despite crisis worsening

Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan as the envoy to Syria in August. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

The crisis in Syria has deteriorated sharply, the international peace envoy for the country has said.

Lakhdar Brahimi, though, said he believed a solution was still possible in 2013 under the terms of a peace plan agreed in Geneva in June.

Speaking at the Arab League in Cairo, Mr Brahimi said he hoped a resolution could be achieved before the second anniversary of the crisis comes to pass in March.

"A solution is still possible," he said. "But (it) is getting more complicated every day."

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Brahimi makes 'personal call' for Syrians to lay down arms

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has made a 'personal' call to all parties in the Syrian conflict to stop fighting. He said that they could put down their arms unilaterally during Eid al-Adha.

The envoy, said his call for ceasefire during Eid was, "a personal initiative, not lengthy project or part of a peace process. It's a call and invitation to any Syrian in the street or the village….or to the armed man."

Assad: 'Syria open to political solution'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his country was "open" to any genuine endeavour at finding a political solution to the ongoing unrest.

A presidential statement said Assad discussed the latest developments in Syria with the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

The statement went on to say, "President al-Assad stressed that Syria supports the international envoy efforts. Syria is open to any sincere efforts for finding a political solution to the crisis on the basis of respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejection of foreign intervention."

At least 10 killed in Damascus car bombing, officials say

The car bombing targeted a police station in the Old City quarter of Bab Touma. Credit: EVN

At least 10 people have been killed and many others wounded in the car bombing near a police station in Bab Touma in old Damascus, ITV News understands.

Syrian official sources confirmed the latest death toll. They said the bomb was placed under the vehicle and caused huge damage to the neighbourhood, which is mostly inhabited by minority Christians.

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'Several killed' in Damascus car bombing

Several people have been killed after a car bomb exploded near a police station in Damascus, Syrian state television has reported.

Several vehicles were burnt in the blast in the central Bab Touma district, which has now been shut down by security forces as ambulances attend the site.

The explosion took place as President Bashar al Assad was meeting international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who has called for a temporary truce in Syria's civil war.

Syria envoy 'attempts to talk peace' with Assad

Lakhdar Brahimi is the joint UN-Arab League special envoy for the Syria crisis. Credit: Ali Jarekji / Reuters

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus as he bids to secure a temporary ceasefire in Syria's bloody civil war, the country's state television has reported.

The international mediator has now met with both sides in the dispute after calling for the conflict to cease during the Islamic Eid al-Adha holiday at the end of this week.

Syria has so far given a guarded response to Mr Brahimi's proposal, suggesting it wants guarantees that rebels would reciprocate any move by Assad's forces.

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