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UK's Cameron: Syria's Assad is a 'wretched tyrant'

June 8: In this video image British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, left, and Treasury chief George Osborne. Cameron says Britain and France will put forward a resolution at the United Nations condemning the crackdown in Syria. Cameron told the House of Commons that the two nations wish to condemn the repression by Bashar Assad's government. (AP/PA Wire)

June 8: In this video image British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, left, and Treasury chief George Osborne. Cameron says Britain and France will put forward a resolution at the United Nations condemning the crackdown in Syria. Cameron told the House of Commons that the two nations wish to condemn the repression by Bashar Assad's government. (AP/PA Wire)  (AP2011)

LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron says Iran and Iranian-backed Islamist group Hezbollah are supporting Syria's violent crackdown on the country's uprising.

Cameron told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Wednesday that both were offering backing to Syrian President Bashar Assad. He described Assad as a "wretched tyrant who is killing so many of his own people."

Thousands have been killed in Syria's crackdown on the 10-month-old uprising, and Cameron has pledged to press for tougher international sanctions -- despite opposition from Russia and China.

He says there is "growing evidence that Iran is providing a huge amount of support" to Syria's ruling regime.

Cameron is seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the violence.