Syrian Shelling Kills ‘at Least 90’

    Syrian military officers inspect a damaged bus following an explosion which killed there people along the international airport road leading from the capital Damascus, on May 23, 2012, according to The Observatory, without specifying whether the dead were civilians or soldiers.  AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Children were among the 90 people Syrian antigovernment activists claimed were killed in a day of shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Friday. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria called the attack a "barbaric act" in a statement, saying that "the campaign ended when the armed militias slaughtered entire families in cold blood." The violence reportedly began Friday when government forces fired on a protest in the town of Houla. The situation escalated when resistance forces struck back, causing the Syrian military to shell the area. A spokesman for the United Nations monitoring mission in Syria told The Associated Press that observers were traveling Saturday to the site of the attack.

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