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Syria ‘Massacre’ Needs International Response, U.K. Says

The U.K. is calling for a “strong international response” following reports of a massacre of civilians by Syrian forces in a town in Homs province.

More than 90 adults and children were killed during shelling and shootings by government forces in Houla in the past 24 hours, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. Explosions were also heard in the city of Homs, it said. British Foreign Secretary William Hague called the killings “an appalling crime” and said the U.K. would be calling for an “urgent” meeting of the UN Security Council.