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White House 'horrified' hearing of Syria killings

May 5th, 2013 12:56 pm by Associated Press

White House 'horrified' hearing of Syria killings

This citizen journalism image taken on Thursday, April 25, 2013 and provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a wounded Syrian man holding his injured son after an air raid on the

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The White House says it is "horrified" by reports that more than 100 people were executed Thursday in a western Syrian town.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says those responsible for serious human rights and international law violations must be held accountable.

The State Department has cited reports Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and pro-government forces destroyed Bayda, Syria, with mortar fire, then stormed the town, executing entire families.

Earnest wouldn't comment on an overnight airstrike Israeli warplanes carried out around the Syrian capital. The strike was the second attack by Israelis in three days. Officials say it targeted a shipment of advanced, Iranian-made missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militants.

Earnest spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One inflight from Washington to Columbus, Ohio.


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