Russian MFA Press and Information Department Comment on the Situation in Syria
More than 100 people were killed on July 31 during special operations by Syrian forces in the city of Hama, 210 km north of Damascus, and in some other localities of the country, according to media reports.
Official sources said eight policemen were killed in Hama in clashes with armed extremists.
Moscow is expressing serious concern over the incoming reports of numerous casualties. The use of force both against civilians and against members of governmental agencies is unacceptable and must be discontinued forthwith.
We urge the Syrian government and opposition to exercise maximum restraint, to renounce provocations and repression, to observe legality and respect international humanitarian law. Of particular importance is the swiftest possible launch of a comprehensive responsible and meaningful dialogue to address the pressing domestic political, economic and social problems in the interests of all Syrians, to restore civil harmony and to ensure a stable democratic development of the country.
August 1, 2011