UN Alarmed At Reports Of Syria Executions

By Salon Staff

Published March 2, 2012 10:00AM (EST)

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights office has expressed alarm at reports that summary executions have taken place after Syrian government forces took a rebel stronghold in the city of Homs.

A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the global body has received unconfirmed reports of "a particularly grizzly set of summary executions" involving 17 people in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs — a key district which had become a symbol of the resistance.

Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the U.N. rights office is now tapping into its network of reliable sources inside and outside Syria to confirm if the reports are accurate.

Colville says the U.N. is appealing to Syrian authorities and rebels to desist from al forms of reprisals.

Salon Staff

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