Two explosions rocked the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, leaving dozens dead and hundreds more wounded. The blasts were aimed at government security buildings and reportedly carried out by the Free Syrian Army, a group of former Syrian military members who oppose President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. The town of Aleppo had until then been spared of much of the violence since the uprising against Al-Assad’s rule began in March. Elsewhere in Syria, thousands of people protested Russia’s veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syrian authorities for the violence.
In the western city of Homs, army tanks reportedly rolled into the neighbourhood of Inshaat, a stronghold of opponents to president Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, and have taken position outside other opposition-held neighbourhoods. More than 7,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began last spring. In Homs, intense bombardment by government security forces has reportedly killed some 400 people since Saturday. Exact numbers aren’t available because international press and humanitarian organizations have had limited access to the country. U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the Syrian government for “assaulting its people” and denounced the “outrageous bloodshed” taking. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “it is quite clear this is a regime hell-bent on killing, murdering and maiming its own citizens.”