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Airstrike on Syria 'kills 42'

An Israeli airstrike on a military complex near Damascus killed at least 42 Syrian soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Hague: We have to respect Israel's right to defend itself

Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that Britain must respect Israel's actions to protect its national security and should maintain diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syria crisis.

Speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News, Hague said that the UK needs to keep increasing the assistance its gives to the Syrian opposition, the National Coalition, "because it is only when they're in a stronger situation that the Assad regime will seriously negotiate an end to this crisis."

Israel will act to protect its national security, we do have to respect that.

We do also have to be very concerned about the position of people in Syria who are being massacred, who are having scud missiles fired at them, who have bombs dropped on them, that we have credible reports of chemical weapons being used against them and who most of the world is denying the means to defend themselves

That's why the longer this goes on, the stronger the case becomes for lifting the arms embargoes on the National Coalition.

– Foreign Secretary William Hague

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