Syria: Obama decries 'outrageous bloodshed'

2012-02-10 08:59
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows a wounded Syrian woman in the town of Rastan in the central province of Homs. (YouTube, AFP)

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube shows a wounded Syrian woman in the town of Rastan in the central province of Homs. (YouTube, AFP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama on Thursday decried the "outrageous bloodshed" in Syria as government forces launched a deadly blitz on the protest city of Homs.

Government troops trying to crush opponents of President Bashar Assad have killed at least 400 people in a relentless six-day onslaught on Homs, opposition activists say. Rights groups estimate that more than 6 000 people have died in the nationwide crackdown since mid-March.

In comments after White House talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Obama also reiterated calls for Assad to leave power.

"We both have a great interest in ending the outrageous bloodshed that we've seen and see a transition from the current government that has been assaulting its people," Obama said.

Read more on:    bashar assad  |  mario monti  |  barack obama  |  syria  |  uprisings  |  syria conflict

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