The international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has had talks with Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and said afterwards that the escalating conflict in the country posed a threat to the world.
It was Brahimi’s first meeting with Assad since taking over from Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League special envoy. Annan stepped down after a ceasefire he had brokered never really took hold before crumbling completely.
After meeting Assad, Brahimi said: “We discussed the Syria crisis and I repeat that this is an extremely dangerous situation and it is getting worse. It is posing a threat to the Syrian people, the region and even the world as a whole.”
As Brahimi talked there were explosions in Damascus and regime aircraft bombarded rebel-held positions around Aleppo in the north.
In Azaz, 30 kilometres from Aleppo, residents picked through the destruction left by Assad’s warplanes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is monitoring the conflict from London, said more than 130 people were killed on Friday.