Last updated: 3 June, 2012

al-Assad says Houla massacres carried out by “monsters”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday denounced those who committed the Houla massacre as “monsters” in a speech before parliament.

“What happened in Houla and elsewhere (in Syria) are brutal massacres which even monsters would not have carried out,” Assad said.

At least 108 people, including 49 children and 34 women, were slaughtered in the Houla massacre, in central Syria, in killings that started on May 25 and spilled into the next day, triggering international outrage.