Thirty-nine people were killed Wednesday (May 30th) in violence across Syria as fighting between government troops and opposition forces continued, AFP reported.
The United Nations Human Rights Council is scheduled to meet in a special session Friday to discuss the "deteriorating human rights situation in Syria and the killings in Houla", Rolando Gomez, the council's spokesperson, said in a statement.
Turkey announced it will expel Syrian diplomats in response to the killing of over 100 people in Houla Friday. Syrian diplomats were given 72 hours to leave the country.
"It is out of the question for us to remain silent and not respond to this action which constitutes a crime against humanity," Turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement.
In Wednesday's violence, five people were killed in the Damascus suburb of Douma and a civilian was shot and killed in Daraya in the same province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Also in Damascus province, government troops opened fire on mourners who were attending a mass funeral in Diabiya, killing four. In Homs province, four people died in the town of Qusayr and another five people were killed in the city of Homs.
Two people were killed in the Hama region in clashes between government troops and opposition forces.
In Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib province, an opposition leader was killed, and a sniper shot and killed a man in Aleppo. Unidentified gunmen killed an 18-year-old in Deir ez-Zor and an opposition fighter was killed in the same province.
Visiting UN monitors condemned the killing of 13 people whose bodies were found late Tuesday near Deir ez-Zor, many of whom had been shot at close range.
"All the bodies had their hands tied behind their backs and some appear to have been shot in the head from a short distance," said Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the UN observer mission in Syria, adding he is "deeply disturbed by this appalling and inexcusable act".
At least 14 government troops were killed at checkpoints in Idlib and Hama.