Syrian opposition demands urgent UN talks

Members of the Free Syrian Army in Homs. Syrian activists have called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting after a deadly blast in Hama. [Reuters: file photo]
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Members of the Free Syrian Army in Homs. Syrian activists have called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting after a deadly blast in Hama. [Reuters: file photo]

Foreign affairs editor Peter Cave, wires

Last Updated: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:04:00 +1000

Syria's main opposition group the Syrian National Council has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

It says government forces have killed more than 100 people in the central city of Hama.

The Syrian opposition is seeking an urgent UN resolution to protect civilians citing reports from human rights groups that up to 68 people, including children, died when government shelling flattened a block of houses in a residential neighbourhood in Hama.

The Syrian Government's news agency says only 16 people died when a bomb being prepared by terrorists exploded prematurely.

Russia has accused rebels of terrorist attacks, while France has raised the prospect of military action to halt violence in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces have waged a year-long crackdown on dissent.

At least 31 people were reportedly killed during shelling of a different neighbourhood on Monday.

On Thursday Russia accused Syrian rebels of waging a terror campaign designed to kill as many civilians and said Al Qaeda was involved in the revolt.

The truce brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan has failed to take hold with unrest and killings reported on a daily basis in various parts of the country.

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