U.N. Council Denounces Syria

    Syrian mourners attend a funeral for victims killed in violence in Idlib in northwestern Syria on February 25, 2012. More than 7,600 people have been killed in violence across Syria since anti-regime protests erupted in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The United Nations Human Rights Council is meeting Tuesday to issue its fourth condemnation of Syria and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In a resolution drafted by three Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, the body rebukes Syria for “the use of heavy artillery and tanks to attack residential areas ... that have led to the death of thousands of innocent civilians.” Some of the worst aggression on the part of Assad’s forces has been in and around the city of Homs, where combatants and civilians alike have endured weeks of shelling. Last Wednesday, an artillery strike on a house in Homs claimed the lives of Western journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik. Paul Conroy, a photographer who was wounded in the strike, was sneaked out of the city by resistance forces and has been evacuated to Lebanon.

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