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Thursday in a nutshell

Last modified: 18 Oct 2012 22:03

Here's a round-up of what's been going on in Syria so far today...

- At least 44 reported dead, including women and children, in airstrikes in Maaret al-Numan, a key town on the Damascus-Aleppo highway.

- In the northern commercial hub of Aleppo, the army reportedly bombarded the rebel neighbourhoods of Shaar and Sukari as well as two neighbouring villages. For weeks, rebel-held areas of Aleppo have been targeted daily by artillery, tanks and warplanes.

- In Damascus, a motorcycle bomb - reported to be detonated by a suicide bomber - explodes just 300 metres from the interior ministry without causing any casualties, a
security source said.

- At least 135 people are killed, including 53 civilians, in violence across the country on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

- The Observatory says at least 34,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in mid-March 2011. It says around 1,000 have died in the past five days.

- At least 28,000 people have disappeared in Syria since the start of the uprising, arrested by troops or pro-government militiamen, global activist group Avaaz said.

- UN rights chief Navi Pillay calls on the UN Security Council to "speak with a single voice" when it comes to Syria, stressing the situation should not need to become a "Srebrenica" before action is taken. "The situation in Syria is quite simply dire," she said. She also spoke to Al Jazeera - watch the full interview below...

- International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to arrive in Damascus on Saturday, the foreign ministry says. Speaking in neighbouring Jordan, the UN-Arab League envoy said he hoped his proposed temporary ceasefire could form the basis for a longer lasting truce.