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Russia to boycott Syria opposition meeting


In an 18th day of bombardments on the Syrian city of Homs, it is being claimed another 21 people have lost their lives.

More amateur footage purports to show the situation in the beleaguered city which the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports was hit by more than 250 shells on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General for the Arab League, Nabil Elaraby, has said Russia and China may temper their support for President Bashar al-Assad.

However, Russia is refusing to attend the an international meeting to discuss the violence in Syria and China will not commit.

“According to incoming information, separate groups of the Syrian opposition have been called to Tunisia, but representatives from the Syrian government have not been invited to the conference. This means that the interests of a large part of the Syrian population, which support the authorities, will not be represented,” said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.

The meeting of the Friends of Syria group is due to take place in Tunis on Friday. Backed by the West and the Arab League, Friends of Syria was created after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution aimed at stopping the violence.

Activists claim four people were wounded in Damascus overnight as security forces opened fire on protesters. This may be a sign the uprising is also spreading to the capital.

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