U.N. says estimates at least 108 dead in Syria massacre

UNITED NATIONS Sun May 27, 2012 4:29pm EDT

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations believes that at least 108 people were killed in a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla that the world body has blamed on the Syrian army, the U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Sunday.

Earlier, a diplomat said that General Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria, told a closed-door meeting via video link from Damascus that at least 116 had died. They later clarified that the 116 figure was actually the rebel Free Syrian Army's estimate, diplomats said.

(Reporting By Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Jackie Frank)

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