News / Middle East

Russia: Friends of Syria Meeting 'Encouraged Extremists'

Boys are pictured through a broken windshield as they stand on a street in Aleppo, Feb. 28, 2013.
Boys are pictured through a broken windshield as they stand on a street in Aleppo, Feb. 28, 2013.
VOA News
Russia says the decisions made this week at a Friends of Syria meeting, during which the United States pledged new help for the Syrian opposition, will not help end the nearly two-year-long crisis.

In a statement Friday, Russia's foreign ministry said the decisions announced at the meeting in Rome would "directly encourage extremists" to seek power in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced $60 million in immediate aid to the Syrian opposition, including food, medical supplies and direct non-lethal aid to some of its military forces. Kerry heads to Turkey Friday for talks on how best to further aid rebel efforts.

Meanwhile, opposition groups are reporting fresh violence across Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells VOA the bodies of 10 men were found dumped near a farm outside the the capital, Damascus. It says one man was decapitated and others were shot in the head. Their identities are not known.

The group also says fights broke out Friday in several contested areas of Aleppo, Reef Dimashq and Hama provinces. None of the reports could be confirmed.

On Thursday, the opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of executing 72 people near Aleppo. The Syrian National Coalition said the burned bodies were discovered following a government raid three days earlier on Malkiyeh village, south of Aleppo.

An estimated 70,000 people have been killed in the 23-month-long conflict.

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Tran Thanh Tuu from: Hanoi
March 03, 2013 3:12 AM
@ Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet- Africa
You probably just wake up from the dustbin, the toilet so you do not know reality. You guy are Chinese and Russian minded guy, no doubt, you are from if not Russian government, you must be a Chinese. Down with the Chinese plunderer on the lands of other nations, down with the Russian, power-sucker, murderer. Love you Western democratic, peace-loving countries on earth. 1000% Support Hong Kim Ha's comments


by: david lulasa from: tambua,gimarakwa,hamisi,v
March 02, 2013 4:53 AM
how would the extremists even have a chance to live if at all russia worked for a better world with the west and everyone else..russia should stop behaving as if it already has maximum number of friends and thus needs no more friends if inparticular its the free syrians forces.

lulasa


by: Hong Kim Ha from: Phnom Penh
March 01, 2013 8:07 AM
Russian jealous of Friends countries of Syria now, the Russian dictator regime called World loving peace leaders meeting is encouraged extremists but in fact, the Russians kill innocent Syrian people everyday by supplying deadly weapons to Assad murderer regime. Down with the Russian, cheater.

In Response

by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet- Africa
March 01, 2013 1:43 PM
Hong Kim Ha, your comment sounds more like your name. A scalar quantity, simply dimensionless. If you can't learn from what is happening in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia recently, then you are living in Jupita and not here on earth. Call rebels and terrorists innocent and heaven will condemn you even more than satan. Long Live Vlademir Putin! Long live Russia! and Long live Great China!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid