ANOTHER VOTE ANOTHER ALLEGED MASSACRE
A raid by Syrian security forces near the capital Damascus killed 43 people, some of whom were tortured and executed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.[source : Morning raid kills 43 in Damascus; some tortured, executed: NGO, Al Arabiya, http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/08/02/229914.html, 02/08/2012]
“Regime forces entered the Jdaidet Artuz district (southwest of Damascus) on Wednesday and arrested around 100 young people who were taken to a school and tortured,” the watchdog said in a statement.
“On Thursday morning after the operation the bodies of 43 people were recovered. Some of them had been summarily executed.”
...Meanwhile, the U.N. General Assembly will on Friday vote on an Arab-drafted resolution calling on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to stand down, as the deadly fighting continues unabated in his country.
The resolution is largely symbolic, but diplomats say it is a sign of the anger and frustration felt by many nations at the failure to agree international action against Assad over the escalating conflict.
The United States has again criticized Russia and China for vetoing three U.N. Security Council resolutions which had raised possible sanctions against Syria.
The reports of these deaths come from the highly dubious Coventry-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.