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HELP Clinton: Assad Will Pay a 'Heavy Cost' Michael Reynolds, EPA / Landov

Clinton: Assad Will Pay a 'Heavy Cost'

Will this be the tipping point for some action on Syria? Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries, calling themselves the Friends of Syria, are holding their first meeting Friday to demand Syria allow international aid be delivered to civilians as the government continue brutal assaults on the city of Homs. A crowd of about 2,000  sympathizers of President Bashar al-Assad attempted to storm the meeting in the Tunisian capital, but were driven back by police with truncheons. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Assad that the opposition will arm itself and overthrow him if diplomacy fails. Clinton said Assad will "pay a heavy cost' if he continues to block aid, and added the Syrian leader will have "more blood on his hands." The Syrian opposition said on Friday that they had begun to receive military aid, but Western officials would not confirm the report. In Syria, there were reports that the crackdown on Homs continued, as one opposition group reported 11 dead on Friday.

February 24, 2012 11:30 AM