(WNN) Mazraat al-Qubair, SYRIA: As monitors for the United Nations push to the scene of mass violence in Mazraat al-Qubair, Syria they met with gunfire on Thursday, June 7, says the latest update on the Syrian conflict from the Office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
In what has been described as another Syrian “massacre” of critical proportions in what has been cited as the deaths of 80-100 people, including many women and children, the violence has followed the deaths of more than 100 citizens from the central Hama Province in the village of al-Qubair.
According to The Guardian News, and others, the current death toll for Syrian civilian citizens since the uprising began early 2011 is estimated to be 15,000.
“Each day seems to bring new additions to the grim catalogue of atrocities,” said Secretary Ban on Thursday in a high level meeting at the UN General Assembly that included the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby and Joint Special Envoy and former UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan.
“Men, women, even children were executed at point-blank range; some had their throats slit or skulls crushed,” said Secretary Ban as he described the most recent violence. “Any regime or leader that tolerates such killing of innocents has lost its fundamental humanity,” continued Ban.
Initially denied access to the Syrian region, the United Nations monitors were met with violent shooting. Although United Nations sources say that the definitive source of the shooting and violence is undetermined at this time; a Syrian farmer, who was a witness to the crimes, has said to Reuters news by telephone that he identified the forces as “Syrian troops.” Army tanks are said to have surrounded the town before the destruction of citizens and the burning of homes began.
“I call on Syrian authorities to allow UN humanitarian teams to operate freely. More than one million civilians need assistance. So do the more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries,” said Secretary Ban before the UN Assembly.
In March 2012 former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan went with a convoy as a representative for the United Nations, alog with the Arab League, to Damascus in efforts to secure an accord with Syria, but they were not successful in stemming the violence under the ongoing conflict. Families in numerous regions have suffered under fear, shortages of food and increasing violence under what Annan has said is now at a “tipping point.”
“The United States strongly condemns the outrageous targeted killings of civilians including women and children in Al-Qubeir in Hama province as reported by multiple credible sources. This, coupled with the Syrian regime’s refusal to let UN observers into the area to verify these reports, is an affront to human dignity and justice,” said United States Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Thursday for the Office of the Presidency at the White House.
Women and children are increasingly becoming victims caught in the conflict that has plagued Syria since the uprising for democracy began on January 26, 2011.
Hama based Syrian activist Manhal Abu Bakar talks to Al Jazeera news on Wednesday June 6, 2012 before United Nations monitors began to enter the central region of Syria in Mazraat al-Qubair, a city that was suffering under siege for hours before men, women and children were killed and houses were burned to the ground. Bakar’s insight gives much more background into the situation. This video has been created by news producers from Al Jazeera English.
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