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DAMASCUS - Syria and Turkey on Wednesday deplored the "slow" international response to Israel's military offensive which has killed more than 300 Lebanese civilians and scores of Palestinians, Syrian media said.

President Bashar al-Assad and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked by telephone about the "Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Palestine which is targeting civilians, innocent people and infrastructure," the official SANA news agency said.

They discussed "international stances and the fact that the international community is slow to impose a ceasefire and put an end to the crisis," SANA said.

07/19/2006 15:51 GMT

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