(NEW YORK) -- Opposition activists in Syria are reporting that at least 200 people were killed in a massacre in the village of Tremseh, in Hama, according to the BBC.
They quoted residents as saying that helicopter gunships and tanks attacked the village, and said that a pro-government militia group carried out execution-style killings. State media blamed the violence on terrorist groups and said the attacks were committed to increase friction before the U.N. Security Council meeting on the observer mission in Syria.
If the massacre is confirmed, the attack would be one of the deadliest in Syria since the uprising against the Assad regime began in March 2011.
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