Once more the news of a massacre in Syria has recently been reported.  The massacre occurred in the small village of Treimseh in Hama and many civilians, including children died as a result.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is among those repeating calls for an end to the violence.

Observers from the the U N Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) visited the scene in Treimseh at the weekend and confirmed that the attack took place.  However, the Syrian Government deny direct involvement.  The observers say that the attacks focused on homes of army defectors and activists and described how blood and blood splatters could be seen in the rooms of some of the houses.

UNSMIS also state that a range of weapons were used during the attack including mortars, artillery and small arms UNSMIS  say that they witnessed a burning school and a number of houses were on fire following the assault.  In the statement, UNSMIS  go on to express concerns over the increased violence; this week the Red Cross expressed what many had feared and say that Syria is close to civil war.

The attack came just days after President Bashar al-Assad’s recent meeting with the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan when Assad expressed his commitment to the six-point plan which calls for an end to the violence.


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