Skooter reporting 05/27/12
Syria’s regime forces instigated a horrific massacre that killed 92 people, 32 of them children aged less than 10, prompted United Nations to immediately take international action on the incident.
The bloody event in the central Syrian town of Houla, after reports of an artillery bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces was condemned jointly by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. In a statement they said, it was “appalling and brutal crime” which involved “indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force” and was “a flagrant violations” of international law and commitments by Syria’s government not to use heavy weapons or violence.
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State also condemned the “atrocity” joining global calls for world action to end the deadly violence.
Major General Robert Mood, UN mission chief in Syria, condemned the violence as “indiscriminate and disproportionate, brutal tragedy in Houla.
Videos posted on YouTube, showed sickening images of children lying dead on a floor. Some were badly tangled, with at least one child’s head partly blasted away.
British Foreign Secretarysaid in a statement that they are consulting immediately with their allies on a strong international action, including at the UN Security Council, the EU and UN human rights bodies.
Their first priority is to establish a full account of this horrendous crime and to move quickly to be sure that those responsible are identified and must be punished, Hague said.