FCO condemns bakery air strike

The Foreign Office has condemned the Syrian military air strike on a bakery near Hama that killed dozens of people.

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FCO 'appalled by brutal shelling' of bakery in Syria

The Foreign Office has condemned the military air strike on a bakery near Hama that killed dozens of people:

I am appalled by emerging reports of the brutal shelling and killing of civilians in Halfaya in Hama province yesterday.

Opposition groups report that over 60 people were killed while queuing for bread with more believed to be buried in the rubble.

If verified, this would be the most recent in a long line of human rights violations and abuses committed by the Syrian regime, which continues to wage a remorseless war against its own people.

The attack highlights the urgent need for a political transition and end to the violence, and for those responsible for these appalling acts to be held to account.

– Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt

Syria envoy meets with President Assad

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has met President Bashar al-Assad today to discuss the ongoing conflict in the country.

Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met President Assad in Damascus
Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met President Assad in Damascus Credit: Sana/Reuters

After the meeting, he said: "I told him what I was seeing abroad and about meetings I had with different officials in the region and abroad, and also about the steps that I can see being taken to help the Syrian people to exit this crisis.

"The situation in Syria is still a worry. We hope that all sides will work towards a solution that the Syrian people want.''

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Syrian activist group: 'Tens of people' killed in air strike

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said "tens of people" were killed in an air strike by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet, which hit a bakery in a town near the central city of Hama.

Rebels have been clashing with government forces is recent days in the region around Halfaya, some 25 kms (15 miles) north west of Hama.

Residents walk near a bakery damaged by what Syrian activists claim were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet. Credit: Reuters/Handout

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Report: Dozens killed in air strike on bakery in Syria

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in an air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province, activists said, with Reuters reporting up to 200 dead.

One activist said: "We cannot get an exact figure yet because we are still confused about which are dead and which are wounded".

The strike hit Halfaya, a town recently seized by rebels in a new push to take territory in Hama.