UN confirms Syria child massacre

  • Ninety-two people, including 32 children, have been killed in a government attack in the Syrian town of Houla, according to the United Nations.

    UN Mission Head Major-General Robert Mood labelled the attacks as "indiscriminate and unforgivable".

    The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, has blamed the deaths on armed terrorist gangs.

    UN observers have said this was one of the bloodiest attacks in one area since the uprising against al-Assad began in March 2011.

    According to activists, some victims died by shelling while others were executed by the regime militia known as the “shabiha”.

    Despite the deployment of around 250 UN observers monitoring a ceasefire brokered by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan, fighting in Syria has continued.

    The UN estimates at least 10,000 have been killed since the protests began.

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