May 30, 2012- On Tuesday, eyewitnesses came forward to give their accounts of the massacre in Houla. The eyewitnesses described how gunmen slaughtered entire families inside their own homes and targeted those who were most vulnerable in farming villages. Because of the gruesome actions taken by the Syrian forces, many Western nations started to expel diplomats from Syria in a move against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Assad had a meeting on Tuesday with Kofi Annan, the special envoy from the U.N. to try to salvage the peace plan that is hanging by a thread. The plan was brokered nearly six weeks ago and has not stopped the violence from taking place in the country.
The survivors from the massacre in Houla blamed gunmen from the pro-regime for some of the carnage that took place, as the killings were felt not only inside Syria but reverberated beyond, and succeeded in further isolating leader Assad and embarrassing the few remaining allies he has.
One eyewitness said the images were horrifying, as there were children and women with no heads and their stomachs and brains were spilling out from their bodies. The gunmen who are pro-regime are referred to as shabiha. They targeted the poorest areas of Houla in the province of Homs. They attacked women, the elderly and children in the massacre.
The regime is known for deploying militias to carry out attacks such as the latest one in Houla, but never acknowledge the militia’s existence and deny responsibility for the militia’s actions.