(MENAFN - Arab News) London: us secretary of state john kerry said on thursday the us and other nations supporting the syrian opposition agree that bashar assad's planned presidential election is a 'farce" because tens of thousands of syrians have been displaced by fighting.
british foreign secretary william hague said the 'friends of syria" an alliance of mainly western and gulf arab countries who oppose bashar assad has agreed to increase support for the moderate syrian opposition.
'we've also agreed unanimously to take further steps together through a coordinated strategy to increase our support for the moderate opposition the national coalition and for its supreme military council and associated moderate armed groups" hague told reporters in london.
29 killed in northern syria blast
an explosion near a border crossing between syria and turkey killed as many as 29 people and wounded many others thursday an activist group monitoring the syrian civil war said.
the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights said the explosion occurred at a garage near the bab al-salameh border crossing in the northern syrian province of aleppo. the garage is used by passengers who come to or leave the crossing point said rami abdurrahman the observatory's chief. abdurrahman said it was not immediately clear if a suicide bomber caused the blast. he said those wounded were being treated in turkish and syrian hospitals. he said the dead included at least five women and three children.
the local coordination committees another activist group said a car bomb at the border crossing killed and wounded 'many" people.
in turkey a government official said 48 wounded syrians were brought across the border for treatment and that 13 of them had died.