The Straits Times
Published on Sep 03, 2012

Gulf states criticise Syria as more than 100 killed


DAMASCUS (AFP) - Arab Gulf monarchies lambasted Syria's regime for deploying heavy weapons against its civilians, as over 100 people were killed in raids, bombings and air strikes according to a watchdog toll count.

As the violence raged, new international peace envoy Mr Lakhdar Brahimi said change in Syria was "unavoidable", although he carefully refrained from calling for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, as his predecessor Kofi Annan had.

Mr Jihad Makdissi, a spokesman for Assad's embattled government, announced Mr Brahimi would "soon" travel to Damascus, expressing confidence that "he will listen to us".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 20 people were killed in an army offensive on Al-Fan village in Hama province, one of the main arenas of conflict in the more than 17-month uprising.