'Bomb' images spark Syria alarm

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DAMASCUS. August 8. KAZINFORM New satellite images show an increased use of heavy weapons in and around Syria's city of Aleppo, raising urgent concerns over the welfare of residents, Amnesty International has said, BBC reported.

The rights group says the photos reveal more than 600 craters, which were probably caused by artillery shells.

Both government troops and rebels may be held criminally responsible for failing to protect civilians, it warns.

Meanwhile, Iran has reiterated support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

During talks in Damascus, Iran's security chief Saeed Jalili said Syria was part of a vital regional alliance that Tehran would not allow to be broken.

Mr Jalili said Damascus was an essential part of an "axis of resistance".

Correspondents say "axis of resistance" refers to Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Jalili's comments came a day after Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected to the opposition.

 

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