U.N. Council Denounces Syria

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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.