Nightly News | May 28, 2012
>>> in syria , the fallout continues from friday's massacre. some of the worst violence yet in that country. tonight, former u.n. secretary kofi annan is there, trying to salvage a peace deal in tatters as the violence continues. the latest from our foreign correspondent, richard engle.
>> homs, syria , under attack today by government troops. overnight, syrian forces pounded homa, reportedly killing more than 40 people. the new violence came just hours after the u.n. security counsel condemned syria for friday's massacre in hula. horrific, even by the standards of a year of fighting. more than 100 people killed, most of them women and children . new video shows the attack as it started. syrian forces appear to shell hula. people run in panic as more artillery rains down. then witnesses say, pro-government thugs went on a house to house killing spree , binding the hands of victims, stabbing them, and shooting them point blank. today, with serious tanks now in hula, u.n. peace broker kofi annan arrived in damascus.
>> i am personally shocked and horrified by the tragic incident in hula two days ago. annan is losing credibility. syrian activists say his cease-fire is a sham, just a cover for the assad regime's relentless crack down. the deadlock goes all the way to moscow where british and foreign ministers met to discuss syria . the u.n. is clear.
>> it's part of the behavior of the assad regime, i believe, to commit atrocities and then to try to blame the atrocities on other people.
>> russia, far less so. their foreign minister blamed both sides for the massacre and opposed regime change . he called for an end of violence but after friday's bloodbath and months of killing, those words rang hollow. for now, action seems blocked by russia. analysts say moscow doesn't want to lose its last ally in the middle east . its only firm foothold in a region cast into chaos by the ongoing upheavals of the arab spring.
>> nbc's richard engle, thank you.