Britain 'appalled' by 'murder' of Syrian protesters
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday he was "appalled" by the killings of civilians in Syria and called on President Bashar al-Assad to heed popular calls for peaceful change.
"I am appalled by the continuing heavy violence in Syria and the murder of peaceful protesters," Hague said in a statement.
"The situation in Homs this week is particularly disturbing. The regime has killed over 1,500 civilians and has blood on its hands.
"President Assad claims that he is holding Syria's different factions together but his regime's brutal violence in Homs and other cities risks inflaming these tensions.
"We will continue to seek support for a UN Security Council Resolution calling for an end to the violence.
"The Syrian people are calling for peaceful change and an end to violence. President Assad must listen to them."
Syrian security forces killed at least eight civilians on Friday as more than 1.2 million protesters swarmed cities in the north and east to protest against Assad's rule, activists said.
They say more than 50 people have been killed since last Saturday in Homs.
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