Stench of burnt flesh at Syria town - UN

2012-06-09 07:11


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - UN observers who went to the Syria massacre village of Al-Kubeir saw blood on the walls and were hit by a "stench of burnt flesh" but could not confirm how many died, a spokesperson said on Friday.

While the government has denied responsibility, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the observers saw armoured vehicle tracks around the village and homes that were damaged by rockets, grenades and various weapons.

"Inside some of the houses, blood was visible across the walls and floors. Fire was still burning outside houses and there was a strong stench of burnt flesh," the spokesperson said in a grim account of the visit.

At least 55 people were killed on Wednesday in an assault on Al-Kubeir in Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

UN officials have made it clear they believe government forces and allies were behind the attack on a mainly Sunni Muslim village surrounded by an Allawite population loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 20 unarmed UN observers were allowed into Al-Kubeir on Friday after they were shot at and prevented from entering the village on Thursday, Nesirky said in a statement

The village was empty when they went in there, and so monitors were unable to talk to any witnesses of the attack, which has led to calls for tougher action against President Bashar al-Assad.

Nesirky said people from a nearby village came "and spoke of what they had heard and the relatives they had lost".

"Armoured vehicle tracks were visible in the vicinity. Some homes were damaged by rockets from armoured vehicles, grenades and a range of calibre weapons," Nesirky said.

"The circumstances surrounding this attack are still unclear. The names, details and number of those killed are still not confirmed. The observers are still working to ascertain the facts," he said.

Nesirky said that Syrian army checkpoints had "stopped" and "in some cases turned back" the observers who made "multiple attempts" to get into Al-Kubeir on Thursday.

"Some of the patrols were being stopped by civilians in the area," he added. The monitors were also told by residents that their "safety was at risk" if they entered the village.


According to preliminary evidence, government troops surrounded Al-Kubeir and militia entered the village and killed civilians with "barbarity", UN chief Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council on Thursday, according to diplomats at a closed briefing.

Al-Kubeir was the second major massacre in Syria in two weeks.

At least 108 people were killed when forces attacked the town of Houla on May 25.

The government has denied any role in both slaughters.

The United Nations says that well over 10,000 people have been killed in the uprising against Assad in the past 15 months.

Read more on:    un  |  bashar al-assad  |  ban ki-moon  |  syria  |  syria conflict  |  uprisings

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.