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The Houla massacre was an attack that took place on May 25, 2012, in two opposition-controlled villages in the Houla Region of Syria. According to UN observers, 108 people were killed, including 25 men, 34 women, and 49 children. Major General Robert Mood, head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) declared the killings "indiscriminate and unforgiveable." He said the violence had begun Friday evening with the use of "tanks, artillery, rocket-propelled grenades, and heavy machine guns." The UN later announced that most of the massacre's victims had been "summarily executed in two separate incidents."