Monday, May 21, 2012
'Shelling in Hama province kills 34'
Shelling by Syrian forces on Sunday has killed 34 people in the town of Souran in the central province of Hama, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which is based in Britain.
The organisation earlier said the toll was 16 people killed, including three children, but revised this number.
“Where are the international monitors,” read an Observatory statement. “We in the Observatory express our extreme shock at the international monitors’ failure to go to Souran when we issued our first statement on the killing of 16 people.”
In a separate incident there was an explosion in the Douma area of Damascus, near a convoy carrying the head of the UN mission in Syria. There are no reports of casualties in that case and it is not clear if it was a bomb or a rocket-propelled grenade. Clashes had been reported in Douma earlier in the day. Reuters news agency says gunmen wounded 29 members of the security forces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called the deaths in Hama a "massacre" and urged the UN mission to deploy observers to the area immediately.