More than 90 people have been killed by regime forces in a district of central Syria, with the head of the UN team in the country confirming at least 32 children and 60 adults were killed the attack.
The assault on Houla, an area northwest of the central city of Homs, is one of the bloodiest single events in Syria’s 15-month-old uprising.
The head of the UN observer team in Syria verified Saturday that at least 32 children under 10 years of age and more than 60 adults were killed in fighting in the center of the country Friday.
Gen. Robert Mood condemned the attack in Houla and called it a “brutal tragedy.” He said observers found artillery tank shells at the site of the fighting.
Activists from the region said regime forces peppered the area with mortars following a large anti-regime protest on Friday.
After the bombardment, pro-government thugs known as shabiha raided the villages, killing men on the streets and stabbing women and children in their houses.