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Syria / Crackdown / Massacre #1023074

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) A U.N. report on the massacre of Syrians featured; details given about the mass uprising against President Bashir al-Assad; scenes shown of the artillery barrage in Houla, the victims of up-close killing by the shabia, the burial of 108 in a trench and two bodies on a U.N. truck.

(White House: Norah O'Donnell) A statement from President Obama's administration about the slaughter in Syria examined; details given of the strategy of diplomatic pressure including the expulsion of diplomats. [In response to reporter's questions, White House press secretary Jay CARNEY†- comments on the regime's brutal behavior and concerns about further militarization leading to greater chaos.] The US reluctance to arm rebel groups and what is next for US diplomatic policy to get Assad to step down discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
O'Donnell, Norah

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