Syrian rebels clashed with government forces in the capital Thursday as the United Nations Security Council prepared to vote on a new resolution aimed at ending the escalating violence in the nation.
International envoy Kofi Annan requested the delay of the vote to Thursday.
He underscored the need for a decisive joint action on the vote to help end the bloodshed that has raged in Syria for nearly 17 months.
Western countries are pushing for a resolution that threatens sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad if government forces don't stop attacks.
However, Russia has opposed any international effort that would blame, punish or change the leadership of the Syrian government. Russia and China have vetoed two previous draft resolutions in the U.N. Security Council, leading to accusations that Russia is protecting the Syrian regime.FULL STORY