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UN calls for Houla massacre investigation

  • The United Nations Human Rights Council has called for an investigation into the killing of more than 100 civilians in Syria’s Houla region.

    The resolution was passed with a large majority and any evidence found could potentially be used in future criminal prosecutions.

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has stated the Houla massacre could amount to crimes against humanity.

    Witnesses in Taldou village said armed pro-government militiamen had been sent in Saturday following attacks carried out by the Syrian army in retaliation to an anti-government protest.

    Most of the 108 victims, including 49 children and 34 women, had been shot at close range or stabbed.

    A government investigation into the attacks has blamed armed rebels.