Monday 28 May 2012

Even Russia

The United Nations says at least 108 people, including 49 children and 34 women, died in Friday’s attacks in the area of Houla, a collection of Sunni villages 15 miles northwest of the central city of Homs. Villagers told the United Nations monitors that at least some of the killings had been committed by “shabiha,” or government thugs, at close range — those combatants tend to be Alawites, the same minority sect that includes President Assad.
The Council’s statement is sure to be a factor in efforts by Mr. Annan to begin negotiating with the government on Monday on carrying out the six-point peace plan that he engineered as a special envoy. 
NY Times: Syria Pressed on Peace Plan After U.N. Condemnation, May 28, 2012

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