Gen. Robert Mood, the commander of the U.N. Observers Mission in Syria, said Friday that his team has verified fighting in the Hama village of Tremseh yesterday that activists claim has killed more than 200 people. Tremseh "was bombarded by helicopter gunships and tanks," says The Guardian. Upon learning about the attacks, U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan said he was "shocked and appalled" by the assault, and criticized the government for using heavy weaponry in highly populated areas. While the regime of President Bashar al-Assad claims that the attacks were perpetrated by terrorists, members of the opposition said government forces were on the hunt for soldiers who had defected to join the rebel Free Syrian Army.
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