A U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria was not adopted Saturday after Russia and China voted against it.
Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council and a trade partner with Syria, has hinted it is not satisfied with the latest draft resolution and was seeking to introduce late amendments to the text.
Thirteen Security Council members, including permanent members France, United Kingdom, and the United States, voted in favor of the resolution.
Some Syrians have cried out for international action to stop attacks on civilians.
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a strongly worded statement Saturday calling on the international community to act.
"Every government has the responsibility to protect its citizens, and any government that brutalizes and massacres its people does not deserve to govern," Obama said."Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately."
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