U.N.: Syria Targeted Opposition

    This citizen journalism image made from video provided by Shaam News Network SNN purports to show a man mourning a victim killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) northwest of the central city of Hama, Thursday, July 12, 2012. The accounts, some of which claim more than 200 people were killed in the violence Thursday, could not be independently confirmed, but would mark the latest in a string of brutal offensives by Syrian forces attempting to crush the rebellion. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE

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    United Nations observers said that the attack on the Syrian town of Tremseh that activists say left 220 dead “appeared targeted at specific groups and houses,” heightening concerns that it was a massacre by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The observers, who will return to the town Sunday, said they found a burned school, as well as evidence of artillery and small-arms fire. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 33 people were killed Saturday as violence continued in the fractured nation. In a video posted online Saturday and allegedly filmed in Tremseh, an anonymous man said the attackers “burned people in front of our eyes.”

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