Thursday, July 12, 2012

Activists say: Syrian Forces 'Kill 200' In Village Assault

More than 200 people have been killed after Syrian government forces attacked a village in the province of Hama, opposition activists say.

Tremseh was first shelled by Syrian troops and then stormed by the Shabiha pro-government militia, activists quoted local residents and witnesses as saying.

The Revolution Leadership Council of Hama told Reuters that most of the dead were civilians.

If the death toll is confirmed, it would be the worst single incident of violence in 16 months of conflict.

UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said: "Government troops bombarded the village using tanks and helicopters."

Mr Rahman told news agency AFP by telephone that the bodies of 30 villagers had already been identified following the sustained attack.

Some victims died in the shelling while others were executed later, according to the activists. Read More