Annan condemns latest Syria massacre

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Mass killing in Syrian village
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Damascus: Arab league and United Nations envoy for Syria Kofi Annan has said that he "shocked and appalled" at reports that tanks and helicopters were used in fighting that may have killed as many as 200 people in Syria's Hama region. 

Annan said he condemned "these atrocities in the strongest possible terms," adding that the Syrian government had apparently violated a pledge not to use heavy weapons in populated areas.

The Syrian government and the opposition have acknowledged deaths in Hama, but have given different accounts.

Syrian activists have posted a video on the Internet they say shows 15 bodies of men who were among dozens killed in heavy government shelling of a farming village.

The head of the opposition Syrian National Council, Abdel Basset Sayda, expressed outrage at the massacre and called for a tough United Nations resolution that allows for military intervention against the Damascus regime.

Regime-controlled media has blamed "terrorist gangs" for the bloodshed, and accused pro-opposition media of manipulating public opinion with false reports of a government massacre.
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