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UN chief says UN monitors shot at

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Posted: Jun 7, 2012 3:24 PM
Source: Associated Press

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BEIRUT - Activists in Syria are accusing government forces of carrying out a new massacre -- this time, killing nearly 80 people, including women and children. They say the victims were shot, hacked to death and burned in their homes.

The report comes weeks after more than 100 people were killed in one day in a cluster of villages in central Syria. UN investigators blamed pro-government gunmen for at least some of the killings, but the Syrian regime blamed rebels.

The UN says its monitors came under fire today as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the unarmed monitors were "shot at with small arms" as they tried to reach the area. And by nightfall, a spokesman says, they still hadn't been given access.

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