More than 250 people have been killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the village of Tremseh in Hama province, according to opposition activists. The Revolution Leadership Council of Hama told Reuters that most of those killed were civilians. The opposition activists said the village had been attacked by helicopter gunships and tanks, and that pro-government militia men then moved in and carried out execution-style killings. Reports of the massacre come as the international community remains deadlocked over how to resolve the Syrian crisis, with Russia and China continuing to oppose a western move to press the United Nations to threaten Damascus with sanctions before 20 July.
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