Commenting on reports that the Assad regime’s assault on Homs has intensified with air strikes and artillery being deployed in densely populated areas, the Foreign Secretary William Hague called for an end to the violence, saying:
The Assad regime is using every weapon at its disposal against its own people. It is clear that Assad is not interested in peace for Syria but rather is prepared to kill tens of thousands of innocent people and deprive millions more of humanitarian aid rather than work for a resolution of this conflict which has already killed too many.
I call upon the Assad regime to cease its brutal assault on Homs and to allow full humanitarian access to the country. The violence must end and those responsible must be held to account.