Syrian armed forces continue to massacre civilian population in the rebellion Hama region 1307121

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Friday, July 13, 2012, 08:22 AM
 
Syrian armed forces continue to massacre the civilian population in the rebellion Hama region.
More than 200 Syrians, mostly civilians, were massacred in the village of Tremseh in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks and then stormed by militiamen, opposition activists said. Opposition activists quoted residents as saying the village was attacked with helicopter gunships and tanks.
     
More than 200 Syrians, mostly civilians, were massacred in the village of Tremseh in the rebellious Hama region when it was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks and then stormed by militiamen, opposition activists said. Opposition activists quoted residents as saying the village was attacked with helicopter gunships and tanks.
Syrian army trains to fire with BM-21 rocket launcher during military manoeuvres laste week simulating an invasion, in response to escalating threats from Washington and its regional allies.
     

"More than 220 people fell today in Taramseh. They died from bombardment by tanks and helicopters, artillery shelling and summary executions," the regional opposition group said in a statement on Thursday, July 12, 2012, evening.

Reports by the Local Coordination Committees, an anti-Assad group in Syria, said many Tremseh victims were shot as they tried to escape the bombardments. The group put the death toll at 200, and activists reached by telephone said it could be as many as 250. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group with contacts in Syria, said that government troops “bombarded the village using tanks and helicopters” and that the death toll exceeded 100.

Syrian state television said three security personnel had been killed in fighting in Taramseh and it accused "armed terrorist groups" of committing a massacre there.

Activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, and he is coming under growing international pressure to stop the violence. But as the bloodshed continues, and the conflict morphs into an armed insurgency, hopes for a peaceful transition are dimming.

Last week, Syrian Army has conducting military manoeuvres simulating an invasion, in response to escalating threats from Washington and its regional allies. The large-scale exercis was based upon a response to external aggression and includes both air and ground forces and the firing of live missiles.

 

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