Over 200 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in a Syrian village being shelled by the government, opposition activists claim. This would be the bloodiest incident in an escalating civil war.
The National Post, quoting unconfirmed reports, says the village of Taramseh in the Hama region was fired upon by government helicopters and tanks before militiamen were sent to comb the village to continue the massacre.
“More than 220 people fell today in Taramseh. They died from bombardment by tanks and helicopters, artillery shelling and summary executions,” an opposition group said in a statement.
This week a former Syrian ambassador who defected from the regime called on the army to “turn your guns on the criminals” in the government.
Meanwhile, the Security Council met on Thursday to discuss the renewal of a monitoring mission in Syria. Russia promised to block any attempts to turn the mission into a peacekeeping operation.