World Leaders Decry Syrian Massacre
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made claims that the Syrian army "deliberately murdered civilians" in the village of Tremesh where over 200 people were killed on Thursday.
The BBC reported that the Syrian army admitted "killing a 'big number of terrorists' but no civilians," and that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said "the attack casts 'serious doubt' on President Assad's commitment to a peace plan."
While China and Russia still hesitate to pressure President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government with sanctions, the remaining UN member states have made it clear that the massacre— the most devastating day of bloodshed since the uprising began over a year ago– is inexcusable.
Following the Tremseh attacks, Ban Ki-moon called on UN member states "to take collective and decisive action to immediately and fully stop the tragedy unfolding in Syria":
- "Inaction becomes a license for further massacres," he said.
- Hillary Clinton said there was "indisputable evidence that the regime deliberately murdered innocent civilians".
- She insisted that "those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable".
- The US, France and UK all condemned the violence and called for co-ordinated action from the UN Security Council.
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