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Israel - May 29, 2012 - 13:56

Last modified: 29 May 2012 10:56

Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, says that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become a "murderer" of his people and that they should overthrow his government.

"Their president, who is supposed to be the father of their nation, became their murderer," Peres told reporters during a joint press conference with visiting German President Joachim Gauck.

"Nobody can remain indifferent to it," the Nobel peace laureate said. "The reactions until now have been declarations; unfortunately, declarations don't stop murders and assassinations. I think the time has come to help the Syrians achieve peace and regain their freedom."

The massacre in Houla would appear to have brought an end to Israel's long official silence on events taking place across its northern border.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, on Sunday voiced his revulsion over the killing, while accusing Iran and its Lebanese militia ally Hezbollah of being accomplices.

He was "revolted by the incessant massacres conducted by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces" against civilians in the town of Houla at the weekend, his office said.