Syrian jets bomb rebels around Damascus


A member of the Syrian opposition's Al-Buraq Brigade, which is said to be made up mainly of fighters who defected from the Syrian army, stands guard on December 10, 2012 on a main road in the northern Syrian town of Ain Dakna, close to the Managh military airport, only six kilometres from the Turkish border.


Antonio Pampliega

Syrian warplanes struck rebel forces around Damacus on Saturday as British Prime Minister David Cameron urged for more aid for the opposition.

According to Reuters, jets fired on the Beit Sahm district on the road leading to the international airport and the army fired rockets at several rebel strongholds around Damascus.

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On Friday, NATO's US commander accused Syrian forces of firing Scud missiles that landed near the Turkish border two days earlier, although the government has denied those claims.

Cameron, speaking at the end of a European Council summit, indicated the UK may be ready for step up its support for the Syrian opposition.

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He said the EU and the UK should be doing everything they could to protect civilians and to help accelerate the transition from the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Syria's foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, blamed the suffering of his country's people on US and European sanctions, The Associated Press reported.

He called on the United Nations on Saturday to condemn the sanctions and work toward lifting them.