What Was the Syrian Army Hiding from the U.N.?

This article is from the archive of our partner .

U.N. monitors finally made it into Mazraat al-Qubeir after they were shot at while making their first attempt, and evidence left behind indicates the Syrian army played a heavy role in the massacre there.

The U.N.'s team of monitors couldn't interview anyone because the town of about 150 was completely empty. When the monitors first tried to access the town, they were shot at and stopped by the Syrian army and weren't allowed to enter. Once inside, the evidence left behind from the attack is damning, and indicates the Syrian army was heavily involved in the attack: 

It said armored-vehicle tracks were visible in the vicinity and some homes were damaged by rockets from armored vehicles, grenades and weapons ranging in caliber. Only the Syrian army has armored vehicles and heavy weapons.

"Inside some of the houses, blood was visible across the walls and floors," the statement said. "Fire was still burning outside houses and there was a strong stench of burnt flesh."

First reports of the massacre in Mazraat al-Qubeir said over 80 people were killed, with more than half of the victims being women and children. There are fresh reports that the Syrian army spent their Saturday shelling the southern city of Daraa, killing at least 17 people, according to opposition activists. 

This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.