Warning: contains images of dead bodies.
Syria‘s fragile peace process is in shreds after what was claimed to be a regime-backed massacre left 32 children among more than 90 dead and triggered a wave of international revulsion. As UN observers in the central town of Houla confirmed one of the bloodiest death tolls of the 15-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, rebels said they were on the brink of abandoning a negotiated plan to end the conflict.
Videos uploaded to the internet and purporting to be from Houla show many dead and badly mutilated infants. Residents say some victims were killed with knives, while many more died from 18 hours of relentless shelling that left buildings wrecked and homes destroyed in a large residential area near the centre of town.
Major General Robert Mood, head of the UN team in Syria, deplored the attack, which began at midday on Friday, as “indiscriminate and unforgivable” but did not say who had been to blame. Syrian state television blamed “terrorist gangs”.Syrian authorities on Sunday denied responsibility for the massacre. A foreign ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdesi, told reporters in Damascus: “Women, children and old men were shot dead. This is not the hallmark of the heroic Syrian army.”
Opposition activists reported fresh shelling on Sunday, with residential districts in Hama and the rebel-held town of Rastan coming under attack from government troops. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported clashes between troops and rebels in Hama, in the Damascus suburb of Harasta and in the capital’s central Midan district.
full article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/27/syria-condemnation-violence-children?newsfeed=true
What can I say? That I haven’t said before If you haven’t done so in the past please do so now write call and sent an e-mail to your local TD and the UN demanding that Assad and his henchmen be brought to trial for the murder of these children. No Government must be allowed to carry out such atrocities on its own people. These pictures are so horrible I feel sick ,where is the United Nations? How can Russia and China now continue to support this monstrous regime? These thugs must be brought to Justice !