Secretary-General and Joint Special Envoy strongly condemn Syria killings

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Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon (file photo)

The recent killing of more than 90 men, women and children near the Syrian city of Homs was a flagrant violation of international law, according to the UN Secretary-General and the UN-Arab League envoy for the country.

In a joint statement, Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan called on the Syrian government to cease using heavy weapons in population centres. They also expressed grave concern about the lack of protection for civilians.

Hundreds of other people were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the village of El-Houleh on Friday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan have condemned the killings in the strongest possible terms.

In a statement, they described the incident as an "appalling and brutal crime involving indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force."

They said it was a flagrant violation of international law and of the Syrian government's commitments to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres.

They added that peacekeepers with the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) have viewed the bodies of the dead and confirmed that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential neighbourhood.

Mr. Ban and Mr. Annan repeated their call for an end to the violence in Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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