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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.
The decision was taken at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg this afternoon.
The Foreign Secretary has called the reported massacre in Jdaidet al-Fadl "another reminder of the callous brutality of the Assad regime and the terrible climate of impunity inside Syria."
Syrian forces and militia loyal to President Bashar Assad have killed at least 85 people, including women and children, when they stormed a Damascus suburb after five days of fighting, opposition activists told Reuters.
Abu Ahmad al-Rabi', an activist in the adjacent district of Jdeidet Artouz said:
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that $127 million of non-lethal assistance already given to Syrian opposition is providing food, medical kits and support for local leaders.
He said: "For the last several months we have steadily increased our non-lethal assistance to more than $127 million and that aid is providing food now, medical kits now, and support for local leaders who are trying to lay the groundwork for a stable and a democratic future."
The European Union will discuss the question of easing an arms embargo preventing weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in the coming weeks, Foreign Secretary William Hague said at a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" in Istanbul.
He said the opposition had given the clearest commitment yet at the meeting to working towards a democratic solution in Syria and condemning extremism.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says America will give Syrian opposition an additional $123 million in non-lethal assistance.
The money may include armour.
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The reported massacre in Syria is a fresh reminder of the "callous brutality" of the Assad regime, according to the Foreign Secretary.