The United States condemned a Hezbollah-backed assault on the town of Qusayr, as France kept up the pressure for action over what it said was the regime's use of sarin gas.
Syrian soldiers gather in front of a badly damaged clock tower on top of which flies a Syrian flag in the main square of the city of Qusayr on June 5, 2013. The United States condemned an assault by Syrian troops on Qusayr, claiming the regime had relied on Hezbollah to win the battle and caused tremendous suffering.
The condemnation came as efforts to organise a peace conference in Geneva between the warring sides stalled, with diplomats blaming differences over who could take part.
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