United Nations observers have confirmed fighting in Hama province in Syria at the site of the alleged massacre in which opposition activists say more than 200 people were killed.
Observers got within 6 kilometres of the village of Tremseh. General Robert Mood, the U.N. monitoring mission chief outlined what they saw. The observers were stopped from getting closer by an officer from the Syrian Arab Air Force for , “military reasons”.
“From our presence in the Hama province, we can verify continuous fighting yesterday in the area of Tremseh. This involved mechanised units, indirect fire as well as helicopters,” said General Robert Mood.
The observers witnessed the attack from several different locations for up to eight hours. They reported hearing more than 100 explosions and saw a Russian built Mi-8 helicopter and two Mi-4s one of which fired air to ground rockets.
There are no independent accounts of the number dead or how they were killed.