US condemns Syria killings, urges end to Assad backing

June 7, 2012 19:56


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WASHINGTON - The White House on Thursday condemned a reported new massacre in Syria as "outrageous targeted killings of civilians" and again called on other countries to halt support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and to join in backing a political transition there.

The White House, in a statement, also described the Syrian government's refusal to let UN monitors into the area as "an affront to human dignity and justice." Opposition activists said up to 40 women and children were among at least 78 people killed in the Sunni Muslim village near Hama on Wednesday.

Russia and China have blocked further UN action against Syria over its bloody crackdown, and Assad's military has been supplied by Moscow and Tehran.

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