Syria to launch commission into killing of civilians in El-Houleh

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Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN

Those responsible for the recent massacre of villagers in El-Houleh, Syria, will be brought to justice.

That information comes from the country's ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, who spoke to reporters in New York on Sunday following an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

"My government has established a national commission of inquiry tasked with finding out who are the perpetrators of this horrific massacre so that they will be brought to justice. Whoever committed these crimes will be held accountable by the Syrian authorities, by the Syrian government's law in the country."

Mr. Ja’afari said it was important to understand what he called "the background" to the killing of more than 100 civilians in El-Houleh on Friday.

According to the ambassador, up to 300 men armed with heavy weapons such as mortars, machine guns and anti-tank missiles, gathered in the village following afternoon prayers before attacking law enforcement officers.

He said the group also killed people in another nearby village, in addition to burning the local hospital, houses and crops.

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