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Opposition slams world inaction on Syria slaughter

Published on Feb 24, 2013 6:14 AM
 
A woman walks at a site hit on Friday by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo's Ard al-Hamra neighbourhood, February 23, 2013. Rockets struck eastern districts of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, on Friday, killing at least 29 people and trapping a family of 10 in the ruins of their home, activists in the city said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria's main opposition group said on Saturday that it was pulling out of international talks and demanded world action to stop the slaughter of Syrians, after missiles slammed into the city of Aleppo killing dozens.

The Syrian National Coalition's decided to boycott talks with world power after announcing plans to form a government to run "liberated areas" of Syria, in what analysts said was a bid to boost its credibility and win more support from the international community.

Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib said the group's withdrawal from meetings abroad was "a message of protest to all governments of the world, Arab and non-Arab, that can see how the Syrian people are being killed, while they merely look on."

He was speaking as the conflict, which has cost the lives of more than 70,000 people according to the UN, is set to enter its third year, with no end in sight.

 
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