UN: Fewer than 20 of 108 Houla victims died from shelling

By REUTERS
May 29, 2012 13:58

GENEVA - Fewer than 20 of the 108 people confirmed as having been killed in the "appalling massacre" in the Syrian town of Houla died from artillery and tank fire, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.

Survivors have told UN investigators that most of the other victims died in two bouts of summary executions carried out by pro-government Shabbiya militia in the nearby village of Taldaou, UN rights spokesman Rupert Colville said.

"I believe at this point, and I would stress we are at very preliminary stages, that under 20 of the 108 can be attributed to artillery and tank fire," he told a news briefing in Geneva, adding that 49 children and 34 women were among the victims.

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