Syria Bars Observers Alleged Massacre Site, UN Says

A United Nations monitoring team has been prevented from entering a village in Hama province in Syria where the opposition says at least 78 people, more than half of them women and children, were killed.

The observers are being stopped at Syrian army checkpoints and in some cases turned back, according to an e-mailed statement today from the head of the UN supervision mission in Syria, General Robert Mood. Civilians are stopping some of the UN patrols and residents in the area are warning that the monitors’ safety is at risk if they enter the village of Mazraat al-Qubeir, he said.

“Despite these challenges, the observers are still working to get into the village to try to establish the facts on the ground,” Mood said. “UNSMIS is concerned about the restriction imposed on its movement as it will impede our ability to monitor, observe and report.”

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