Evidence Reveals Tremseh Massacre Targeted Activists and Defectors

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New evidence showed that massacre in Tremseh has targeted at army defectors and activists.

According to UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), the government attack on the Syrian village of Tremseh mainly targeted the homes of rebels and activists.

Based on what the UN observers saw and on witness accounts, over 50 houses that were burned and/or destroyed.

In addition, UNSMIS also noted that “pools of blood and brain matter were observed in a number of homes.”

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Nestor Osorio, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of July, briefs correspondents following closeddoor consultations of the Council on Syria.

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UNSMIS reports that “consistent account” relayed by 27 local villagers who were interviewed by the UN team indicated that the attack began in the early hours of 12 July using heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters.

The army was conducting house to house searches asking for men and their ID cards, UNSMIS cited.

“On the basis of some of the destruction observed in the town and the witness accounts, the attack appears targeted at army defectors and activists.” -UNSMIS

The UNSMIS adds that the number of casualties is still unclear and that it is trying to seek further verification.

Just days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis Kofi Annan’s six point peace plan, another bloodshed is witnessed in the vicinity of Hama, Traymseh.

Reports say the death toll is believed around 220 civilians. They were murdered in the village on 12th July.

With the recent bloodshed in Syria, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was deeply saddened and outraged to learn of reports of yet another massacre committed by the Syrian regime that has claimed the lives of over 200 men, women, and children in the village of Traymseh.

She noted Syria cannot be peaceful, stable, or democratic until Assad goes and a political transition begins.

She warned those who committed these atrocities will be identified and held accountable.

As long as the Assad regime continues to wage war against the Syrian people, the international community must keep increasing the pressure on the regime to halt the violence and allow for a political solution to go forward, she stressed.

She emphasized that the Security Council should put its full weight behind the Annan plan for an immediate ceasefire and a political transition and make clear to the Syrian regime that there will be consequences for non-compliance.

She underlined that the Council members must ask themselves whether continuing to allow the Assad regime to commit unspeakable violence against its own people is the legacy they want to leave.

Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad agreed to a new approach to end Syrian violence during a meeting with the Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan.

Reports say President Assad and Mr. Annan have a very candid constructive discussion as they agreed on an approach to put a halt of the violence in the Middle Eastern country.

Mr. Annan reported that both have discussed the need to end the violence and ways and means of doing so.

Mr. Annan has stressed he is leaving Syria, but they will continue the dialogue.

In May this year, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States Kofi Annan finally arrived in Damascus for talks with senior leaders, particularly President Bashar al-Assad and range of other actors.

On his visit to Damascus, Mr. Annan said he came to Syria at a critical moment in the crisis.

The visit by Kofi Annan to Damascus reportedly comes on the heels of the killings of over 100 civilians, including over 30 children under the age of 10, in the village of Houla two days ago.

Mr. Annan said in a statement issued to the press on his arrival, adding that he is “shocked and horrified” by the tragic incident in Houla.

The killings have also been strongly condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the head of UNSMIS, General Robert Mood, and a host of UN officials.

Mr. Annan urged the Government to take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully, and for everyone involved to help create the right context for a credible political process.

The massacre in Syria’s Houla village in the early hours of 26th of May has reportedly killed 108 civilians, including over 30 children.

Reports say artillery and tank shells were fired in the Syrian village killing hundreds of civilians.

The violence took place in and around the town of Houla, near Homs, after an anti-government protest.

The Security Council voiced condemnation of the recent massacre of men, women and children inHoula.

In addition, the United States of America also expressed condemnation in the massacre in the Syrian village of Haoula.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United Nations observers have confirmed that dozens of men, women, and children were killed and hundreds more wounded in a vicious assault that involved a regime artillery and tank barrage on a residential neighborhood.

Mr. Annan recently presented the six-point plan as providing a blueprint for ending the violence and resolving the crisis sparked by a year-long uprising against Bashar al-Assad.

On 27th of March, Mr. Annan reported that the Syrian government had accepted the six point-plan and pledged to implement it.

Mr. Annan visited Moscow on Monday for two days of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the crisis in Syria.

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