UK calls Homs evacuee screening 'outrageous'

2014-02-13 18:50
Syrian civilians wait at a meeting point before being evacuated during a UN-led humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. (Bassel Tawil, AFP)

Syrian civilians wait at a meeting point before being evacuated during a UN-led humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. (Bassel Tawil, AFP)

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

London - Britain said on Thursday it was "outrageous" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime had been detaining men and boys evacuated from the ravaged city of Homs.

Foreign secretary William Hague said there was a risk that the evacuation could be the pretext for further attacks on Homs.

The authorities have been screening scores of men of weapons-bearing age who were detained after they were evacuated from besieged rebel-held areas.

"It is outrageous that the Syrian regime is holding and screening men and boys who have been evacuated", Hague said in a statement.

"We need answers urgently about what is happening to them. They should be released immediately.

"There is also a serious risk that the evacuation of civilians will be used as a pretext for even more vicious attacks on Homs, and the international community must be extremely vigilant about that.

"These developments only strengthen the case for the [UN] Security Council Resolution that we are pressing in New York."

The provincial governor of Homs said men arrested by the Syrian authorities after being evacuated under a UN-brokered ceasefire will be released on Thursday.

A total of 390 men had been detained for interrogation after being evacuated from rebel-held districts of the country's third city, Talal Barazi told AFP.

He said on Wednesday that 111 had been released, although there was no confirmation from the UN.

Read more on:    un  |  william hague  |  bashar assad  |  uk  |  syria  |  syria conflict
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
5 crucial questions to ask before you take that job 2014-10-30 08:00

You choose your employer just as much as they choose you. Here are 5 of the most important things you should find out about a company before you sign up.

/News
 

10 facts about swimming you didn't know

This will make you want to jump right into the pool.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Inspiring: Rock climbing with just one leg
Watch! Skateboarders racing cyclists
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be doing the work and playing the game, but your innovative mind is on a far away planet planning the next big thing....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.