The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Syria this Friday to probe last week’s massacre in the town of Houla, the fourth time Syria has been hauled before the U.N. rights body since unrest broke out in the country early last year, Reuters
reported Wednesday, May 30. Russia said on Wednesday that the U.N. Security
Council should not consider new measures
to resolve the crisis
in Syria at this point and signaled it would block
any effort to authorize military intervention. The Russian
warnings came after the French President Francois Hollande said military intervention was not ruled out provided it was backed by the Security Council, and Germany said it would push for “new engagement” by the council on Syria.