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Russia has blocked a resolution of the UN Security Council over the attack on the Syrian city Al Hula…

MOSCOW, May 28 (Itar-Tass World Service)

The most serious incident during the civil war occurred in Syria. In the heavy gunfire about 100 people with children making a third of them were killed in Al Hula. It is still unclear who shot in Syrian children, but the experts doubt that any committee will be able to find those responsible for the massacre. The West accused Bashar Assad’s regime of massacre. Russia believes that this is a provocative act.

Although the official Syrian authorities deny their involvement in the tragedy, the West shouldered responsibility for massacre on Assad’s regime, which has been seeking to suppress the resistance of the opposition for more than a year, the Kommersant daily reported. This means that new sanctions are expected against Syria and Russia will not be able to protect its ally. Meanwhile, this may not be needed after all. According to US sources, Russia and the United States are about to reach an essential agreement to settle the Syrian crisis under Yemen’s variant.

The experts doubt that any committee will be able to find those responsible for the massacre in Al Hula and believe that the guilt for the tragedy can be shouldered on the Syrian authorities, the newspaper noted.

The Kommersant daily reported with the reference to The New York Times that the US authorities could attract Russia with their plan to settle the Syrian crisis. This is the Yemeni variant, which envisages the resignation of Bashar Assad under the guarantees of immunity, the appointment of someone from his associates to the post of the president and a gradual reform and democratization of the Syrian political system. The New York Times sources in the US administration claimed that Barack Obama told personally about this idea to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a G-8 summit in Camp David. This proposal was taken with interest, the source of the newspaper said.

Meanwhile, the Kommersant daily noted Washington realizes that Vladimir Putin will take a final decision. Barack Obama will discuss this issue with him at a G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, in June.

The Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported with the reference to the official Syrian news agency SANA about new casualties. Unidentified gunmen staged a massacre in two villages near Homs. In one massacre ten people, including six little children, were killed, in another massacre seven people, including three children, were killed. It is seen clearly on the photos, which the news agency posted, that the children were gunned down right at the place, where they were sleeping. The attackers were destroying the houses and set the croplands on fire. The police stations and a local hospital were attacked. The authorities claimed that Al Qaeda militants committed the murders.

Meanwhile, the newspaper reported that UN and LAS special envoy Kofi Annan will come back in Syria on Monday to assess the current situation. Since April 12 the ceasefire agreement is in effect in Syria. The ceasefire agreement is violated regularly despite the presence of the UN observers. This happens not to say the least, because the political wing of the opposition, which agreed on ceasefire, does not control scattered groups of militants, which are getting a massive assistance from foreign sponsors. Another problem is the intensification of extremists, which can be really connected with international terrorist networks.

It is still unclear, who was shooting in people, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported. It is clear that the opposition blames Assad’s regime. The official Syrian authorities shoulder responsibility on terrorists. The most horrible thing that both conflicting parties can be right in the search for those responsible in the massacres, the newspaper reported. Interethnic bloody clashes, the massacre of the enemies of the ruling regime is a well-planned provocative act, which was seeking to defile Damascus again in the eyes of Syrian citizens and the world community? No matter who is really behind the tragedy in Al Hula, the enemies of Assad’s regime will take advantage of the massacre fully for further pressure on the Syrian authorities. Should the problem of international intervention in Syria get to the background recently, ardent supporters of this intrusion may appear now.

Russia has blocked a resolution of the UN Security Council over the attack on the Syrian city Al Hula, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily recalled. Russia finds this document quite unbalanced and one-sided. France and Great Britain initiated the resolution, which denounces the massacre.

Last week in a report to New York UN and LAS special envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged that the intensity of the armed confrontation in Syria “went down somehow, but the general level of violence in the country continues to remain quite high in the country.” At this moment of time the head office of the Syrian Advisory Council on Human Rights, which sided with Assad’s enemies, “drops a media bomb” about a bloody massacre in Al Hula, and the Syrian Liberation Army publicly refuses from Annan’s peace plan.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated before many times that the level of competence of the Syrian Advisory Council on Human Rights makes Russia doubt that the information it provides is reliable, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. Russian diplomats stated that only two people work in “a falsely informed” organization, and its head Rami Abdurahman does not have even the full secondary education. He lives permanently in London, where he owns a small snack bar.


  1. rareruby May 28, 2012

    With the shock of the Houla tragedy ringing across the world, the BBC has released a story with a harrowing picture of rows and rows of children’s bodies awaiting burial… But isn’t that post-Saddam Iraq?

    ­Photographer Marco di Lauro who took the shot grabbed by the BBC says he nearly “fell off his chair” after finding the picture on the network’s website with a caption reading: “Photo from Activist. This image – which cannot be independently verified – is believed to show bodies of children in Houla awaiting funeral.”

    The picture was actually taken on March 27, 2003; it depicts an Iraqi boy jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad. The image, which is published on Marco di Lauro’s website, is part of his story Iraq, the Aftermath of Saddam.

    Marco di Lauro takes photographs for Getty Images picture agency, his works have been published across Europe and the US. But the indication that the BBC picked his image from the internet, not from official stock worries him somewhat.

    “What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all,” the photographer told The Daily Telegraph.

    “Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose,” he added.

    A BBC spokesman says the picture, illustrating Sunday night’s story “Syria Massacre in Houla Condemned as Outrage Grows,” was taken down “immediately” when the source was identified.

    “We were aware of this image being widely circulated on the internet in the early hours of this morning following the most recent atrocities in Syria. We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified,” he added.

    These words about information “which cannot be independently verified” have become a trademark of media coverage of the 14-month conflict in Syria. Before UN special envoy Kofi Annan brought his peace plan to the troubled Arab country, the Syrian government had remained reluctant to open borders to most international journalists.

    But even now the bulk of information comes from people calling themselves opposition activists – via amateur videos uploaded to YouTube or eyewitness reports.

    But sometimes it looks that the mantra “cannot be independently verified” serves as a disclaimer to publish information which wouldn’t stand a chance of ever being verified.

  2. stand for right May 29, 2012

    {It says we’re going to attack and destroy.. seven countries in five years—we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran,” Clark recalled the officer telling him. He explained….goal of the U.S. was “to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.”}

    The above statement is the US policy in the region. These killings are taking place according to US plan. We have seen it in Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Gaza, Lebanon and many more places.

    Thank you very much for your stand against US/NATO, the mass media propaganda against Syria.

    Everyone knows the US and its allies are trying to copy Libyan “humanitarian intervention” in Syria with the help of Russia and China. Both states are cooperating with the United States to obtain concessions. I am surprised to see some of the ‘progressives’ are tryping to paint the criminal states of Russia and China as ‘victims’ which is not true. Russia and China are using countries, Libya, Iran and now Syria, to extract more concessions. Turkey does the same and through selling other countries have enriched themselves and they have no shame.

    Russia has gained many concessions and has strengthened its position in the region using Iran card without firing a shot. These killings are taking place to prepare the ground for ‘humanitarian intervention’ where people MUST REJECT OTHERWISE THEY ARE HELPING BUNCH OF TERRORIST STATES.

    Turkey and the Saudis are involved in destabilization of Syria to bring the government down. The arm groups are coming from Turkey and Lebanon through the borders. People must expose US/NATO lies.

    The US has killed millions and millions of people and is willing to kill more to implement its foreign policy agenda. Are you going to be silent?

    No one can accept this situation. The so called “progressives” have supported the ‘No fly Zone’ in Libya and now are supporting the demise of Syrian government to HELP US/Israel.

    Counterpunch is spreading US/NATO lies about Syria, as Zmag did in the case of Libya.
    Patrick Cockburn writes:

    {The Syrian government has been growing stronger over the past seven weeks, because the Kofi Annan plan reduced calls for international intervention. The killings at Houla have put this in doubt and will put pressure on Annan for a more substantive ceasefire plan than the present one, which saw each side abide by it only when it was militarily convenient for them to do so.}

    People of the world must support Syrian people who poured into the street by millions in support of Assad government. People of the world must learn from Libya and don’t be fooled again by the war criminals’ lies and their pawns, the ‘progressives’.

    Thank you very much for your excellent post. The world needs action against the war criminals NOW. World must demand US/NATO get out of the region now and the war criminals, including those in office, be arrested and tried as WAR CRIMINALS. They have killed millions of innocent people for their stupid foreign policy agenda.

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