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UN council plans special session on Syria massacre

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
This frame grab made from an amateur video provided by Syrian activists on Monday, May 28, 2012, purports to show the massacre in Houla on May 25 that killed more than 100 people, many of them children. (AP Photo/Amateur Video via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS CITIZEN JOURNALISM IMAGE

This frame grab made from an amateur video provided by Syrian activists on Monday, May 28, 2012, purports to show the massacre in Houla on May 25 that killed more than 100 people, many of them children. (AP Photo/Amateur Video via AP video) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS CITIZEN JOURNALISM IMAGE

Officials at the United Nations in Geneva say the Human Rights Council is gearing up to hold an emergency session on last week's massacre of more than 100 Syrian villagers.

Two officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the U.N.'s top human rights body plans to hold the session Friday to address the massacre in Houla over the weekend. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the session has not yet been officially announced.

Officials said Turkey, Qatar and the United States have taken the lead in calling for and organizing the session by the 47-nation council, which is likely to be asked to consider a resolution condemning the massacre and demanding that Syria's government allow unhindered access for humanitarian workers and independent investigators.


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