The Syrian military attack on Tremseh mainly targeted guerrilla forces and their supporters, the United Nations said hours after its observers entered the battered town.
Residents of Tremseh, a small farming community in central Syria, say they were all targets of a bombardment on Thursday that involved mortars, artillery and helicopters. They claim that close to 150 people from the town are dead or missing.
The UN monitoring mission in Syria, which sent an 11-vehicle team of observers to Tremseh, said in a statement late on Saturday night: “The attack on Tremseh appeared targeted at specific groups and houses, mainly of army defectors and activists.”
Opposition sources in Hama say they have compiled a list of 103 fatalities, which adds weight to the view that fighting-aged males were at least targeted.