The whole world was shocked at the failure of the United Nations-backed cease-fire to prevent violence in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Over 108 people, including 49 children were slain in the town of Houla.
Egypt blamed the attack on President Assad’s armed forces and called on the world powers to intervene in Syria and bring peace to the people. “The Muslim Brotherhood calls on Arab, Islamic and international governments… and the people of the free world to intervene to stop these massacres, especially after the failure of international forces and international monitoring to stop them.” said the spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan.
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However, Ghozlan didn’t clearly state what the Arab countries and world powers should do.
According to the unofficial results, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for presidential elections in Egypt has topped the first round polls.
Ghozlan also advised Syrian people to forget their differences and get united to “bring down the regime, make the revolution succeed and free the heroic Syrian people”.
The Muslim Brotherhood stands in opposition to President Assad, whose father Hafez al-Assad had militarily oppressed an armed Islamist uprising in 1980s.
Though the Egyptian and Syrian branches of Muslim Brotherhood have the same beliefs and ideologies, they are not politically connected.
On Sunday, the Syrian government used artillery and tank shellings in Houla, in which at least 108 people were slaughtered and over 300 people suffered severe injuries.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon called the killings a “flagrant violation of international law.”
A 15-nation council that includes Russia, the main ally of Syria, has asked President Assad to immediately withdraw the heavy weapons from populated areas.