Major Western powers expel Syrian diplomats following massacre In Houla
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Major Western powers expel Syrian diplomats following massacre In Houla

Damascus : Syria | May 29, 2012 at 6:48 AM PDT
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France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada and Australia have announced they were expelling Syrian diplomats following the killing of 108 people in Houla region of Syria on Friday, BBC said.

The United Nation observers said most of the victims in the massacre, including 34 women and 49 children were summarily executed by pro-government Shabiha militia who entered homes and opened fire indiscriminately.

French president Francois Hollande denounced the killings and 27 other countries in Europe were reported to follow suit concerned about the violence in Syria in what appeared to be a ‘co-ordinated diplomatic thrust.’

In UK, the Foreign Office said the Syrian diplomats being expelled were the head of mission in the London embassy and two other senior figures to send a message to the Syrian government that ‘it can not expect to act with impunity.’

Foreign Secretary William Hague said "Other Syrian diplomats, two other diplomats, will be expelled at the same time. Our allies and partners around the world will be taking similar action.”

Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League envoy, held talks with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, reiterating the necessity for the full implementation of his six point ceasefire plan to end more than 14 months of violence in the country.

Witnesses blamed pro-government forces known as ‘shabiha,’ who acted ‘in concert’ with Syrian militia when they attacked families in their homes and shot children at close range.

Assad's regime has denied any role in the killings, blaming armed terrorists for the attacks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18248694

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