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32 Children Massacred in Syria, UN Confirms (Videos)

32 Children Massacred in Syria, UN Confirms (Videos)

The horror in Syria grows. †Yesterday, it was reported that†thirteen children were killed in an attack on the rebel-controlled town of Houma in the central province of Homs. On Saturday, United Nations officials confirmed that at least 32 children under 10 years old had been killed.†Amateur video footage shows rows of children — some toddler age if not younger — with what looks like bullet holes in their temples.

The UN†specifically cited the Syrian government as to blame for an “appalling and brutal crime involving indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force” that is a “flagrant violation of international law and of the commitments of the Syrian government to†cease the use of heavy weapons in population centers and violence in all its forms.”

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, and Kofi Annan, special envoy to the UN and the Arab League, issued a joint statement condemning the attack which the New York Times says “appeared among the worst episodes of carnage since the uprising began 15 months ago.” UN observers visited Houma and confirmed that “artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential neighborhood.” The UN called for the Syrian government to immediately cease the use of heavy weapons in population centers and for all sides to end the violence.

Ahmad Fawzi, Annan’s spokesman, put the death toll at around 100 including a total of 50 children†and UN observers said more than 300 had been wounded. As the New York Times commented, the UN statement “stopped short of accusing the government of responsibility for the entire toll.”

The Syrian government said that “terrorists” — the same term it has used throughout the 15-month uprising in regard to the violence — had caused the mass slaughter. The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) declared that it would no longer be committed to the UN truce which it said has prolonged the crisis and “merely [bought] time for the government to kill civilians and destroy cities and villages.”

The White House described the brutal killings as a “vile testament to an illegitimate regime that responds to peaceful political protest with unspeakable and inhuman brutality.” The massacre has brought even more into question how effective, or rather ineffective, the truce and the presence of the 271 UN monitors are. As Fadi, a 25-year-old protester in Qaddam, a southern district of Damascus, said to the†New York Times:

The regime kills thousands of Syrian citizens, and Annanís monitors are watching and writing the number of killed people as if they were game scores.

 

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2:25AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Crazy tyrants. Is there hope after this uprising?


3:04PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

so very sad

7:10AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

How can anyone, go in a shoot children? OMG, I can't even look at the news anymore. I agree with Bill R. And futher more, I haven't done nothing to the hateful evil rotten brotherhood and Al Quida so why take their hate on innocent Americans. I hope they all burn in hell for what they did which is where they deserve to be. If I could, I'd throw all those involved in the killing of these people and innocent children in Lava.

2:28AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Michele N

And the West supports these vile murdering savages who perpetrated this massacre, who are rebelling against the elected and legitimate government of peace-loving Syria.

10:31PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

to murder like this is to be an evil savage.

5:18PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/06/new-faz-piece-on-houla-massacre-the-extermination.html

A well regarded and qualified author of the prime German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported (in German) how the recent massacre in Houla, Syria, was perpetrated by Sunni rebel forces. I translated the piece to English. There was some push back against the piece and an anonymous rebuttal from Houla activists.

In a new piece (in German) the reporter, Rainer Hermann, extends on the first one and explains why his reporting is correct and why other reporting was terribly wrong.

3:52PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/06/prime-german-paper-syrian-rebels-committed-houla-massacre.html

"Prime German Paper: Syrian Rebels Committed Houla Massacre

"The prime German daily, the center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, has a new report (in German) about the Houla massacre".

3:50PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012


http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/06/new-faz-piece-on-houla-massacre-the-extermination.html

"A well regarded and qualified author of the prime German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported (in German) how the recent massacre in Houla, Syria, was perpetrated by Sunni rebel forces. I translated the piece to English. There was some push back against the piece and an anonymous rebuttal from Houla activists.

"In a new piece (in German) the reporter, Rainer Hermann, extends on the first one and explains why his reporting is correct and why other reporting was terribly wrong".

8:27PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Max M says:--

"Interesting that more and more Assad sympathizers, Islamist spin doctors, are now here on Care2. As much as you might try to double speak the evidence, that will not change the facts. "

Of course facts can't be changed. Those people, it seems pretty certain, died in dreadful circumstances. However, the assertions/conclusions put forward and/or supported by Max M and his fellow travellers cannot be supported in any wise by the facts that we do know and those that we have learned since. Indeed, the conclusions the clear-headed arrived at were plain to see right from the beginning, yet Max and his fellow travellers desperately tried to fool people into accepting a flawed and false conclusion.

Why do/did they do this? It's dead easy. They, like their information sources in the Zionist-influenced corporate media, have an agenda. The traducing of beautiful, peace-loving and secular Syria by alleging, against the evidence and even common sense, helps open the path to war and the destruction of this wonderful country.

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8:26PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Cont'd

And if their well-established plans to shatter Syria were to take place, then Iran, another country which is no threat to anyone, simply a polity that won't toe the Zionist line, would be open to be ruined on the orders of the Zionist Imperialist world order.

Proper reports are coming out of Houla now and are contradicting the corporate media's assertions, which were based on nothing but a desire to advance the cause of war, that Syrian troops committed this atrocity. These reports show a very different picture, one that should've been presented before lies were fed to the public The truth that is emerging and being revealed by proper journalists and enquiries is inconvenient to the Maxes of this tendency as well as having been easy to discover. Their propaganda - because that is what it is - is aimed at provoking a frenzy of hatred towards the Syrians and as such is unspeakably evil, leading, as we know they want, to needlessly maimed lives, death and destruction. I truly do not know how they can continue with it.

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