Last Monday the Ecuadorian government called the international community to seek for a peaceful solution for Syria and demanded an immediate ceasefire in the country. Ecuador condemned the massacre in the sector of Houla in Homs and expressed its support to the six-point plan given by the Arab League-UN envoy Kofi Annan.
Now countries across the world are expelling Syrian diplomats in a coordinated move that reflects the international outrage about the massacre in Houla. A UN official stated “it’s clear that Syrian government forces were involved in the massacre,” which left more than 100 people dead and nearly half of that were children.
Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and the United States all announced this Tuesday that they were expelling some Syrian diplomats. Meanwhile Russian analysts indicated that Russia might be warning the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to change his course of action or lose Moscow’s support.
The United Nations informed that most of Houla dead were executed; the victims were shot at close range. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that fewer than 20 of the 108 people killed in Houla were shot down by artillery fire. (AV)