Civilians flee from fighting after Syrian army tanks entered the northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs on Tuesday in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days, as the U.N. human rights chief raised fears of civil war. (AP Photo)
Washington, D.C. (AP) - The Senate has approved a resolution condemning the Syrian government for violence against its people.
The Senate backed the non-binding measure Friday on a voice vote. The resolution also expresses disappointment with China and Russia for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad, urging the two countries to reconsider.
The resolution cites Syria's "brutal and unjustifiable use of force against civilians." The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed since March in the regime's crackdown.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., says there is consensus in the Middle East that Assad is doomed, but the end could be many months away in a likely civil war.