Latest attack on Syrian town sparks international outcry

Bodies of victims of the attack on the Syrian town of Houla are laid out on the floor. The attack left at least 92 civilians dead. Photo by: Syria Freedom / CC BY

One in outrage, the international community has renewed a number of demands — including daily humanitarian access — on Syria following a recent attack there that left at least 92 civilians dead.

The attack on the town of Houla, which reportedly started Friday (May 29), is one of the bloodiest single incidents in the country since the start of the uprising there.

The United Nations and United States, among others, strongly condemned the attack and called for justice for the victims. There are also renewed calls for “open and unfettered humanitarian access” to Houla and other Syrian towns from nongovernmental organizations, including Save the Children Canada.

Canada and the European Union once again pressed Syria to fully implement the peace plan proposed by joint U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The plan, which was supposed to have been enforced in April, calls for a cease-fire and unimpeded humanitarian access into besieged Syrian districts.

Meanwhile, there are varying accounts on who’s responsible for the attack. The U.N. Security Council called out the Syrian government for the shelling of the town but avoided directly naming it responsible for the death of the civilians.

The Syrian government, on the other hand, blamed the attack and “appalling” massacre on “hundreds of heavily armed gunmen” and “terrorist groups.”

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