UN blames Syrian regime for Houla deaths

UN blames Syrian regime for Houla deaths

The United Nations Security Council blamed Syrian government forces last night for artillery and tank shelling of residential areas in the town of Houla and strongly condemned the killing of dozens of civilians.

In a press statement issued after an emergency meeting, the council said it also "condemned the killing of civilians by shooting at close range and by severe physical abuse" in Houla.

It did not say who was responsible for the close-range attacks. The UN says at least 108 people, including 49 children and 34 women, died in Friday's attacks in Houla.

The council statement says the "outrageous use of force" against civilians violated international law and Syrian government commitments under security council resolutions to cease violence, including the use of heavy weapons in populated areas.

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