From Washington this is VOA news. Syria continues to bombard its own people. And now Russia speaks out against the violence. And in Afghanistan a suicide attack. I'm Marti Johnson reporting from Washington.
Activists say anti-government related violence left at least 25 people dead in Syria today, as Russia, a strong backer of Damascus, said the country appeared to be on the brink of civil war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells VOA at least 17 people were killed in government shelling in the southern city of Daraa. The British-based opposition group says at least eight other people were killed in shelling and fighting between pro and opposition forces in other regions including Homs. The observers have been trying to reach the village of Mazraat al-Qubeir where 78 people died on Thursday but only gained entrance yesterday. U.N. spokeswoman Susan Ghosheh described what the observers saw.
叙积极分子称今日反政府暴力事件已导致至少25人死亡，就连一向被视为叙政府强大后盾的俄罗斯也发表声明称叙利亚正处于内战的边缘。叙利亚人权观察组织有 关人员在会见VOA记者时谈到，政府军对南部城市德拉的炮击至少造成17人死亡。据总部设在英国的反对派组织称，在包括霍姆斯在内的一些其他地区，双方冲 突已导致另外8人死亡。观察团成员一直试图进入库贝尔村，但直到昨天才获准进入。周四发生在该村的大屠杀导致78人死亡。随后联合国发言人古什描述了他们 所看到的一切。