UN peacekeepers blocked from reaching new Syrian massacre site
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UNITED NATIONS - The head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Syria General Robert Mood Thursday said observers were still unable to reach Mazraat al-Qabeer to verify reports of large scale killings.
On Wednesday night media accounts reported that 78 people, including 40 women and children, in Mazraat al-Qabeer near the city of Hama were allegedly killed in government military operations. Preliminary accounts also claim Shabiha militia members are responsible for some of the casualties.
The UN says it has not been able to get peacekeepers to the area.
“They are being stopped at Syrian Amry checkpoints and in some cases turned back. Some of our patrols are being stopped by civilians in the area.” he said in a statement.
General Mood says the UN mission has also received information from residents of the village warning that unarmed military observers were at risk.
“Despite these challenges, the observers are still working to get into the village to try to establish the facts on the ground” he said.
The attack is believed to be similar to one that occurred two weeks ago in Al Houla. where the UN says Syrian government shelling and subsequent attacks by the pro-government Shabiha militia killed 109 people, including 49 children.
Assad regime officials have blamed foreign backed terrorists for both attacks.
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