UN observers says Syria killings are 'targeted'


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The Independent Online

UN observers investigating Syria's latest reported mass killing said they found signs of a heavy assault that targeted specific homes of regime opponents.

The observers' statement was the first outsiders' look in the village of Tremseh, where activists say dozens were killed this week by government troops. The team said it could not yet confirm the toll.

The observer team said that it found pools of blood and blood splatters in several homes in Tremseh, along with bullet casings.

It said the attack "appeared targeted at specific groups and houses, mainly of army defectors and activists".

It said it confirmed an attack took place using artillery, mortars and small arms.

The mission head had said that observers stationed nearby witnessed government tanks and helicopters attacking Tremseh.