'More than 100' dead in Syrian army crackdown

'More than 100' dead in Syrian army crackdown


rs have killed more than 100 people in the central region of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has told the AFP news agency.
"Government troops bombarded the village using tanks and helicopters," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said on Thursday, putting the death toll at more than 100.
The Revolution Leadership Council of Hama quoted witnesses and residents as saying the village of Tremseh was shelled by Syrian troops and later stormed by Shabbiha militia.
Several people in the village were killed by the shelling and more were shot later in the head execution-style, they added, putting the death toll at around 200.
"We're hearing from activists that it started at 5am this morning, when the village was surrounded by government forces and pro-government militias," said Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut.
"Bodies were found of people killed by knives, and some bodies burnt," our correspondent said. "But exactly what happened is still not very clear."
"The activists are telling us this is a village surrounded by pro-goverment villages in the countryside of Hama. The government does acknowledge there was fighting in that area, but they don't talk about a massacre."
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