Opposition: Civilians Massacred in Syrian Village

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition activists say government forces with tanks and helicopters have massacred more than 150 people, mostly civilians, in a village in Hama province.

The activists and witnesses say troops shelled the village of Treimsa Thursday before storming the area. A rebel leader put the death toll at more than 200.

State-run Syrian media say troops battled an armed group in the area and, as in previous mass killings, blamed the massacre on those it calls terrorists.

The reported massacre came as the United Nations Security Council debates imposing tough new sanctions on the Syrian government if it keeps attacking the opposition and civilians with heavy weapons.

The Western-backed resolution also leaves the door open to possible military intervention. But Russia is threatening to veto the resolution. It wants to simply extend the mandate of the U.N. observer mission in Syria for another three months.