» 12/24/2012, 00.00
Air raid kills dozens of Syrians waiting for the bread
Opposition claim it was a government plane; Damascus say the attack is the work of terrorists. Halfaya was a zone "liberated" by the rebels. Brahimi is in Damascus for new peace talks. His task seems impossible.
/ Agencies) - Several dozen people
were killed and many more injured in an air strike that hit a long line of people waiting to buy bread from a bakery. Opponents of the regime have accused the Syrian government of the carnage; the State TV is accusing "armed terrorist groups."
The attack, that took place yesterday in
Halfaya, near Hama, is one of the most cruel
and deadly of all the civil war that has inflamed Syria for 21 months. So far there has been no independent confirmation,
since the Damascus government restricts
the presence of reporters and
correspondents. The rebels had
declared Halfaya a "liberated
zone " only five days ago.
online by activists showed
dozens of bloody bodies lying inert under the rubble. The inhabitants of Halfaya say that the dead number at least 90 people,
but the toll is likely to grow because
many of the wounded are in critical
According to the rebels the regime is desperate and resorting to mass destruction.
As the violence continues, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi
has arrived in Damascus by land - for the continued
fighting around the international
airport in the capital - to
continue dialogue for peace and a cease-fire. But his work now seems impossible,
rejected by the rebels, who claim to be
close to victory, and the Syrian government which contemptuously continues
According to opposition activists,
the Syrian war
has already caused at least 44 thousand
deaths, at a rate of 100 deaths per day.
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