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‘Friends of Syria’ to send aid in 48 hours if assault stops

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Western and Arab powers meeting in Tunis on Friday will demand Syrian authorities allow immediate access for aid to the cities of Homs, Deraa, Zabadani “and other areas under siege,” according to an updated draft declaration obtained by Reuters. The draft conclusion of the conference also calls…

Syrian activist ‘severely’ beaten: rights group

NICOSIA — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday prominent rights campaigner Najati Tayara is in a “very bad” health condition after he was “severely” beaten at a Homs prison. The Britain-based observatory said in a statement received by AFP in Nicosia that it “has learned that investigators…