Syria Strike Kills Dozens: Activists
As Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus for peace talks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2012 10:49 AM CST
Free Syrian Army fighters walk amid the ruins of a village situated a short distance from an area where fighting between rebels and government forces continues, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.    (Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

(Newser) – A government airstrike killed dozens of people today in a town near the central city of Hama, anti-regime activists in Syria said. The attack came as main international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was beginning talks in Damascus aimed at ending the civil war. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "tens of people" were killed in a strike by a fighter jet on Halfaya today.

Amateur video released today shows people rushing toward a building an off-camera narrator says is a bakery. The bodies of about a dozen dead or seriously wounded people lie in the street, some in puddles of blood. It was unclear why Syrian forces targeted the town. Rebels have been clashing with government forces in recent days in the region around Halfaya, some 15 miles northwest of Hama, most notably in the village of Morek. Activists say rebels have taken over a number of regime checkpoints there as part of an effort to control the country's main north-south highway.

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Dec 25, 2012 8:16 PM CST
Ever wonder why the Uncle Sam does jump in and save Syria. One, Syria is not a major oil exporter. Second, the Jews put the kibosh on dealing with Syria because they were a hub for Hitler's SS and the Odessa. The same with Venezuela and you see the bad karma that Hugo Chavez is going through. The only other places were Brazil and Argentina. Did you also know the Catholic Church, the Red Cross and United States also helped these folks disappear?
Dec 24, 2012 8:04 PM CST
I am so glad that we are not sending troops or military advisers into syria....Our military is getting ready for major budget cuts if we "go over the fiscal cliff" They are wanting to create a crisses to keep up the funding. We have no business in syria. They have no oil, they are not a democracy, we have no mutual defense agreement with them, they are not a trade partner. let them settle their problems themselves...
Dec 23, 2012 1:03 PM CST