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February 6th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Syria: 'these people feel like the world has let them down'

NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin describes the shelling and bloodshed underway in Syria as some of the most dramatic–and heartbreaking–he's ever covered. "These people feel like the world has let them down." Noting that Syrian cities like Homs have no basements, the people under attack "have nowhere to hide" and the result has been the horrific loss of life and traumatic injuries of women and children–many of most awful scenes being quickly uploaded to sites like YouTube in the hopes of gaining the world's attention–and action.

Intense blasts have rocked Homs today, with at least 56 reported dead in and around the city. One resident of Homs, Abu Abdo Alhomsy, told CNN "a massacre is happening." Listen to his story here.

The carnage comes after China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would have demanded a stop to the violence:

"They chose to side with the Syrian regime and implicitly to leave the door open to further abuses," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons on Monday.

"Such vetoes are a betrayal of the Syrian people. In deploying them, they have let down the Arab League; they have increased the likelihood of what they wish to avoid in Syria - civil war - and they have placed themselves on the wrong side of Arab and international opinion."

CNN's Arwa Damon is covering the story, and joins Erin Burnett tonight on OutFront, starting at 7p ET on CNN.

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  1. Jim Bintz

    Those opposed to our interests in the Middle East know that this is an election year and that the American people are feeling war fatigue. These governments and groups are attempting regime change in the American government by creating provocations as a direct challenge to the foreign policy of the Obama administration. This need not be a coordinated effort conspiracy theory; any distraction they create separately that confuses and delays an American response benefits all of the players.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply

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