Thursday, May 31, 2012

Syria: Regime not responsible for Houla massacre



(CNN) -- A Syrian government investigation determined that security forces had nothing to do with the Houla massacre and blamed the act on terrorists, officials said Thursday.

The massacre, which left more than 100 people dead last weekend, sparked outrage across the globe and prompted loud calls for action against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
But Syria attributed the latest violence to "armed terrorist groups," the vague entities that the regime has blamed all along for violence during the nearly 15 months of unrest.

"The goal of the armed operation was to completely terminate the presence of the state in the area and to make it one that is out of the control of the state," Qasim Jamal Sleiman, head of the investigative panel, said in remarks aired on television.

"All of the martyrs are from peaceful families who refused to stand against the state and have never demonstrated or carried weapons against the state. They were in disagreement with the armed terrorist groups, which confirms that there was a goal and an interest to kill them." Read More