Opposition leaders describe last night’s assault on Homs as the ‘worst attack’ since the uprising against the Syrian regime began in March
Syrian Government has denied the attack and claims activists are engaging in a ‘hysterical’ propaganda campaign
U.S. President Obama says Assad’s regime has ‘disdain for human life and dignity’
Protests against the regime are being held outside the Syrian Embassy in London
Foreign secretary William Hague today condemned the actions and accused the Syrian regime of ‘cold-blooded cynicism’ following the attack
China and Russia veto UN Security Council resolution calling for President Assad to step down
By SUZANNAH HILLS
Last updated at 1:30 AM on 5th February 2012
More than 200 people have been killed by Syrian forces after a barrage of mortars and artillery was unleashed on the battered city of Homs overnight.
Activists claim the military carried out a night of shelling on the city in the latest clash to come in the country’s 11-month-old uprising calling for an end President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The Syrian regime has denied the assault – accusing activists of engaging in a ‘hysterical’ propaganda campaign – while countries around the world spoke out against the atrocity.
Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the use of tanks and mortars in civilian areas while the Barrack Obama administration urged for a UN resolution backing Arab League calls for the end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule to be passed.
Residents attend a burial ceremony for what activists say are victims of shelling by the Syrian army in Homs
Dozens of bodies are lined up on a day that more than 200 people were allegedly killed by Syrian forces
As protests gathered outside the Syrian Embassy in London, Mr Hague said: ‘I condemn unequivocally the use of tanks, mortars and artillery in civilian areas.
‘The Syrian regime’s actions display President Assad’s cold-blooded cynicism in the face of mounting international pressure for the UN Security Council to do its utmost to end the bloodshed.
‘The escalating violence underlines the critical importance of the UN Security Council adding its weight to the Arab League’s efforts to end the crisis in Syria.
‘The time is long past for the international community, particularly those that have so far sheltered the Assad regime, to intensify the pressure to end over 10 months of violence.’
Mr Hague said it was ‘all the more chilling’ that the latest casualties were sustained on the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre.
Around 20,000 people died in the 1982 operation by the Syrian army – then under the command of president Assad’s father.