More than 15,000 have died since the start of the Syrian uprising, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Destruction of a residential building in the restive Syrian city of Homs on June 23 is pictured in this photo courtesy of the Shaam News Network. Rebel forces and Syrian army units engaged in deadly combat around elite Republican Guard posts in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday, as 116 people were killed across the country, a monitoring group said. © - AFP/Shaam News/File
More than 15,000 have died since the start of the Syrian uprising, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
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Last updated: June 27, 2012

Syria walks out of UN Human Rights Council debate

Syria on Wednesday stormed out of a UN debate on a freshly critical report on the rights abuses in the conflict-torn country.

"We will not participate in this flagrantly political meeting," said Syrian ambassador Faisal Khabbaz Hamoui, before leaving the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The diplomat denounced a "war of disinformation against Syria" and condemned "criminals" operating there who he said were supported and financed from abroad.

He walked out shortly after the chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria presented the latest report on the deteriorating situation there, citing increasing sectarian killings and the role of pro-government militia in the Houla massacre in May.

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