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UN confirms new spate of killings in Syria

  • United Nations observers have confirmed the discovery of 13 shooting victims in Syria, less than a week after the Houla massacre.

    The men's bodies were found near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour with their hands tied behind their backs. Some are believed to have been shot in the head.

    Hopes over resolving the increasingly violent conflict have been dented by Russia and China.

    As many as 15,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year.

    China and Russia, which both carry a veto at the UN Security Council, previously blocked two resolutions calling for tougher action.

    Forty-nine children and 34 women were among the 108 victims killed in the Houla region, near Homs, last Friday and Saturday.

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