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Church leaders have urged David Cameron to rethink government policy on Britain accepting Syrian refugees.
The immediate end of the suffering of the people in Syria “must now be the focus for all parties" says the WCC.
United Nations-sponsored talks between the Syrian Government and opposition resumed today, 10 days after a first round ended with little progress.
A top UN official expressed deep disappointment at the targeting of aid workers delivering assistance to the beseiged Syrian city of Homs.
Those displaced by the civil war inside Syria are expected to rise from some 3.5 million now to 6.5 million by the end of the year, says a senior UN official.
Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012, says HRW.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, bishops, crossbenchers and peers from all parties want the UK to help resettle Syrian refugees.
While the Syria peace talk started with a welter of rhetoric on all siders, churches around the world continued to focus on visible action.
Evangelicals joined other Christian bodies in calling upon the participants in Geneva 2 to pursue just peace in Syria.
Humanitarian agencies are asking how the UK can call on Syria's neighbours to keep their borders open to refugees while it keeps its own closed.