KUWAIT, May 26 (KUNA) -- Syrian opposition National Council (SNC) Saturday called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to hold an urgent meeting over the Syrian army's massacre in the town of Houla in Homs that killed up to 100 people, mostly women and children.
"The Syrian regime escalated heavy bombardment and and cleansing in the Syrian towns and cities, where the town of Houla was bombarded for around 12 hours and was followed by a heinous massacre committed by the thugs of the regime, which ended up in killing young children after tieing their hands," the SNC said in a statement.
SNC said up to 100 people were killed in Houla including 55 children, while entire families were slaughtered with knives.
It called on the UNSC to protect the Syrian people by approving resolutions falling under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which allowed the use of force to "protect the Syrian citizens from the crimes of the regime." It also called on the Arab League to hold an urgent foreign ministers' meeting to withdraw recognition of the regime in Damascus, and severing diplomatic and economic relations.
For its part, the public authority of the Syrian revolution said UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's plan for the Syrian conflict has proven to be a complete failure.
It called upon the revolutionaries to stop cooperating with the international observers.
It noted that more than 1,600 people have been killed and many others arrested since Annan's announced his plan, coupled with escalation of killing and oppression.
The deployment of observers, it added, did not stop the shelling, killing and arrest.
Meanwhile, the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said up to 43 people were killed, including 20 in Homs, by government forces today only. (end) om.bs KUNA 262102 May 12NNNN