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Syria renews attack on Houla

2012-05-30 20:54

Beirut - Syrian forces launched a fresh assault on Wednesday on the site of last week's Houla massacre, forcing villagers to flee heavy shelling in fear of more carnage, a watchdog organisation said.

Machinegun fire was followed in the afternoon by shelling that targeted the village of Taldu, near Houla, where more than 100 people were killed on Friday and Saturday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"People are fleeing Taldu to other parts of Houla," the Britain-based Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "They are very afraid."

Smoke was seen billowing above both Taldu village and Houla as residents escaped to other towns in the region "for fear of a new massacre", the watchdog reported.

At least 108 people were killed in Taldu in the two-day offensive that began with heavy shelling, according to United Nations peace observers who visited the site.

Among them were 49 children and 34 women. Some were blown to bits by artillery and tank fire, but most were summarily executed, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous has said there was a "strong suspicion that the Shabiha were involved in this tragedy in Houla", referring to the militia loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-30 21:38

    And the madness continues !! These poor people, unarmed men, women and children, no longer safe in even their own homes, from these assad CRIMINAL THUGS. If tanks don't fire a rocket into their aparment, than ,militia, loyal to this WAR CRIMINAL will come into their homes, killing whole families, with guns and knives. If there is no agreement with Russia and the Syrian opposition within the next few days, than send in NATO, to bomb the tanks to pieces, and to capture or kill any soldier loyal to this MASS MURDERER! And anyone who does not agree; F.CK THEM !!!! The world has let down the, Syrian population for too long !!!!! Much too long !!

      Imtiaz - 2012-05-30 22:18

      What about the palestinians

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 03:34

      They're playing a tragic victim-martyr manipulation by continually attacking Israel, and you're falling for it. What about the hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims being killed and maimed by the Jihadists and unelected dictators in your midsts. Anything? Hello!

  • icarus.smith.90 - 2012-05-30 21:48

    Life ... Is cheap!

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-05-30 21:53

    And why is the world allowing the carnage to continue? And how can the UN claim to working towards peace with their silly excuse for a ''cease fire" I will tell you why! Its because the world cannot allow democracy to take a foothold in Syria because the Syrians might vote in leaders that the West do not approve of. Democracy after the Arab Spring is actually working against foriegn interests. This Russia / China versus the West thing in Syria is a charade! Behind the scenes, everybody is rooting for Assad to remain in power. Bashar Assad and his Daddy have suited everybody's agendas in the Middle East.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-31 03:50

      I hear what you're saying but mostly disagree. The freer world wants democracy and human rights in Syria, but is not doing enough to make this happen. The US doesn't want to risk Russia closing its supply routes to Afghanistan because Pakistan is an unreliable ally. This should not stop the US, in my opinion. It should be willing to pay the extra cost of flying supplies in to Afghanistan in the event Putin does this. I think Putin would back down if the US went ahead and confronted Assad. He has more to lose from jeopardizing his relationship with the US and it's allies than a brutal unelected dictator. I am not concerned about China. It has such an irresponsible and detached foreign policy that I think it will not do anything. It relies heavily on the US anyway.

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