Even China is stepping up its rhetoric against the violence in Syria, today condemning Friday's massacre of 108 people, including 34 children, in Houla, reports Reuters. But China, much like Russia, is still avoiding directly attacking the government of Bassar al-Assad. "China feels deeply shocked by the large number of civilian casualties in Houla, and condemns in the strongest terms the cruel killings of ordinary citizens, especially women and children," said China's foreign ministry spokesman.
In the meantime, the killing continues in Syria, with 41 people, including five women and eight children, killed by government forces in Hama over the past 24 hours, activists tell Reuters. (Read more Syria stories.)