Syria: Brother of Parliament Speaker killed as opposition leader calls for action
The brother of the Syrian Parliament Speaker, Jihad al-Laham, was assassinated in Damascus on Tuesday. "Terrorists have murdered Dr. Mohammad Al-Laham, brother of the Speaker of the People's Council (Parliament) in the district of Midane" in Damascus, reported the state television.
In the last hours, violent fighting between rebels and soldiers was reported in several districts of the capital. The bombing in particular raged in southern Damascus, where many residents fled their homes, according to activists and the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR).
The sound of almost uninterrupted bombing was heard throughout the capital in recent hours, while military aircraft and helicopters crisscrossed the sky, residents said.
The SOHR also said a car bomb had exploded last night in the city of Mouadamiya near Damascus, injuring several people and causing material damage.
Elsewhere, a blast hit Tuesday the main pipeline supplying oil to a refinery in the city of Homs, 140 km north of Damascus, during clashes between rebels and government forces, according to opponents.
On his part, the head of the Syrian National Council (SNC) Abdel Basset Seyda Tuesday criticized the international community's inaction towards the massacre of his people. Speaking in Qatar, he also expressed willingness to consider an initiative to unify the Syrian opposition. "The Syrian people bleeding and expects the international community to act," he said in a speech during a major opposition meeting in Doha, Qatar.
Denouncing "the massacre of Syrians and the systematic destruction of our cities and our villages," he said that the Syrians "have the feeling of having been left alone to face their destiny and the world has agreed to do nothing. " "When will the international community act? Is that the goal is to break up Syria? "he asked again.
He warned that "if the regime's savage massacres continue, and that the international community persists in its negative attitude and incomprehensible," it could encourage extremists."