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article imageUPDATED: Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca condemn Syrian violence

By Greta McClain     Aug 16, 2012 in World
Mecca - According to Polish news media, Muslim leaders gathered in Mecca have agreed to suspend Syria’s membership in the Organization of the Islamic" (OWI), and have called for an immediate end to the violence within Syria.
In a WPROST story just released, it's reported that despite today's denouncement and strong warnings by fellow Arab States, Syria's military regime attacked centers of the insurgency.
The city of Aleppo has once again been battered by violence, less then a month removed from a brutal battle for control between the army and the rebels. Reportedly forty people were killed and an additional forty were wounded as regime troops launched an attack against a bakery in the neighborhood of Askar Qadi in Aleppo. Local Coordination Committees confirmed the death toll, however the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) said the death toll was in a dozen.
A total of 60 bodies, which were bound, have also been located in a landfill near the town of Qatana, which lies on the outskirts of Damascus.
Update:
Syrian officials announced on state run tv that the decision of the OIC to suspend Syria's membership is based on the organizations "Western Colonialism" and it's "support of terrorists"
The Syrian government was responding the the actions OIC took in an emergency meeting held in Mecca. In that meeting the 57 nation body expressed “deep concern at the massacres and inhuman acts suffered by the Syrian people.”
The destruction to property and the loss of life continues. Below are images of some of the recent destruction within the city of Aleppo. The video shows those injured in the latest rounds of attacks. (Warning: video contains graphic images)
Aleppo  Syria - Damage caused by artillery projectiles and rockets bombarding Aleppo on 8/16/12
Aleppo, Syria - Damage caused by artillery projectiles and rockets bombarding Aleppo on 8/16/12
Mohammed Halabi
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Pieces of exploded mortar rounds in the streets of Aleppo on 8/16/12
Pieces of exploded mortar rounds in the streets of Aleppo on 8/16/12
Mohammed Halabi
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