Syria Violence: Canada Calls Latest Syrian Bloodshed 'Disconcerting Because Of Its Depravity'

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This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network taken Saturday, May 26, 2012, purports to show shrouded dead bodies following a Syrian government assault on Houla, Syria. The Syrian government denied Sunday its troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily-armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area. Friday's assault on Houla, an area northwest of the central city of Homs, was one of the | AP

OTTAWA - Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister is condemning the latest bloodshed in Syria, calling the violence "very disconcerting because of its depravity."

John Baird says the international community needs to redouble its efforts to get Syria to agree to an international peace plan mapped out a month ago, or explore other diplomatic solutions.

Activists say Syria's military and pro-regime militia have killed more than 90 people in the village of Houla, including at least 32 children under the age of 10.

The government blames "terrorists" — a term it uses to describe the opposition, but a U.N. observer says inspectors found artillery shells.

Grotesque videos of the young victims have been posted online. The attack has been condemned by international leaders and has sparked large protests in suburban Syria.

Baird says the number of children feared dead at Houla is "especially reflective of the regime’s utter contempt for humanity and decency."

He says Canada is calling on all parties to immediately respect a ceasefire, co-operate with UN observers and support the efforts of Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis with the international peace plan.

Baird says Canada will continue to work with its partners to isolate Bashar Assad's regime and support the Syrian people's hopes for a better future.

The uprsing against Assad has been going on for 14 months. The U.N. put the death toll weeks ago at more than 9,000. Hundreds have been killed since.

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