Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the 2010 Arab League Summit: With escalating atrocities in Syria it seems clear that Assad isn't willing to stand by a peace plan.
Syrian activists say government forces have massacred more than 150 people, mostly civilians, in the village of Tremseh in the Hama province. Troops shelled the town using tanks and helicopters, and battled an armed group in the area, then blamed the killings on terrorists, as government forces have done after previous massacres. Russian media say U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan will visit Moscow on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria. The mass killings came just a few days after Annan announced that President Bashar al-Assad had agreed to a new peace plan that would focus on ending bloodshed in Syria's most violent areas.
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