UN confirmed used of heavy artillery, tank shells in Syria

By REUTERS
May 27, 2012 23:39

UNITED NATIONS - UN observers in Syria have confirmed that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential area of Houla, Syria, where at least 108 people, including many children, were killed, the UN chief said on Sunday in a letter to the Security Council.

The letter from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which was obtained by Reuters, said the observers "viewed the bodies of the dead and confirmed from an examination of ordnance that artillery and tank shells were fired at a residential neighborhood."

Ban also reiterated his call on the Syrian government to stop using heavy weapons in civilian areas as Damascus has repeatedly promised to do. Earlier Russia suggested that the rebels were responsible for the massacre.


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