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60 People Killed in Syrian Bakery Attack

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At least 60 people were reportedly killed as Syrian regime launched air strike on a bakery in the town of Halfeya, Syria.

Reports say people were waiting to buy bread at a bakery when regime air strike hit them.

Today, the United States expressed condemnation in the strongest terms the latest vicious attacks by the Syrian regime against civilians, most notably the attack on people waiting to buy bread at a bakery in the town of Helfeya.

In his press statement, Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell says says those that commit atrocities will be held accountable.

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Syrian army checkpoint in Douma, January 2012. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
"The United States calls on all parties that continue to assist the regime in executing its war against the Syrian people to end their support." - Mr.Ventrell

He adds that the visit of Joint Special Representative Brahimi to Damascus and his work offers an opportunity to move a political transition forward and the United States continues to support his efforts.

The United States urges the regime to capitalize on the Joint Special Representative's efforts in order to transition to a new government and end the brutal repression of the Syrian people.

In September this year, noting that the conflict still appeared to have no end in sight in Syria, humanitarian situation across the country is also "deteriorating rapidly," according to United Nations human rights chief.

According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay, thousands have been killed, thousands more injured in the Middle East country due to violence and unrest.

More than 2.5 million people across the Middle Eastern country are affected by the violence.

In June this year, with growing influx of civilians fleeing from conflict, UN reported that humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate.

Reports say up to 1.5 million Syrians are in need of assistance.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that civilians attempting to flee from fighting need urgent assistance and protection.

OCHA reported that aid agencies continue to face significant access constraints to reaching people in need.

UN estimates that there are over 1 million Syrians inside Syria in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Of that number, it's an estimated 300,000 internally displaced.

There are over 66,000 refugees in neighboring countries and there are existing refugees, Palestinian refugees, totaling about 500,000 inside Syria as well as a hundred thousand Iraqi refugees inside Syria.

The ongoing conflict in Syria has created a severe and growing humanitarian crisis, and the humanitarian organizations currently operating in Syria are tirelessly working to get aid out as quickly as possible into areas where safety and security are questionable.

Aid workers in Syria are putting their lives in jeopardy every day to get this relief to vulnerable children, women, and men caught in this crisis.

To help meet the growing needs, the United States is providing food, clean water, basic healthcare, medical and other emergency relief supplies to benefit more than 400,000 people in Syria and neighboring countries so far.

In addition, the World Food Program, WFP has distributed id in coordination with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

With support from the United States and other donors, WFP has expanded its emergency food assistance to reach now 250,000 conflict-affected Syrians.

More than 40,000 Syrians have been killed since March 2011, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.

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