UN Syria observers to investigate Tremseh killings

  • UN observers have arrived in the Syrian village of Tremseh to investigate reports of mass killings on Thursday.

    The killing of up to 200 people just outside the city of Hama has triggered international condemnation.

    The Syrian government insists this was a military operation against rebel fighters.

    Unlike the massacre at Houla two months ago, the opposition has not yet released detailed reports of civilians killed.

    The observers from the UN Supervision Mission in Syria have been forced to suspend their normal duties due to escalating violence because but still carry out short-term missions to investigate specific incidents.

    UN observers have confirmed government forces used tanks, artillery and helicopters during the attack, which comes as a violation of UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

    Around 16,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year.