Militant groups are responsible for a fresh massacre that left some 100 people dead in a Syrian village, said the Syrian envoy in New Delhi who added that the May killing of over 100 people in Houla was a “pre-planned terrorist crime”.
Syria’s ambassador Riad Abbas on Thursday strongly denied the government’s involvement in the latest killings.
An opposition group has claimed that some 100 people, including children, were killed in al-Qubair village near the central city of Hama.
Syria’s state TV was quick to defend the government, saying the massacre was designed to tarnish and frame the Syrian administration a night before a scheduled meeting of the UN Security Council.
The latest bloodletting took place barely a fortnight after more than 100 people were killed in Houla over two days May 25-26.
Terrorists are “taking advantage of the situation”, Abbas told journalists here. He blamed militant groups for the fresh killing.
“Hundreds of militants came together in an organised and systematic way around the massacre region. They were carrying heavy weapons including anti-tank missiles. They attacked simultaneously,” he said.