UN team visits Syria site of reported massacre

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UN observers inspecting residential area in Homs, Syria

United Nations observers who examined the Syrian village of Treimseh on Sunday said that, based on what they saw and on witness accounts, the attack there on July 12 was targeted at army defectors and activists.

Staff from the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) observed over 50 houses that were burned and/ or destroyed and noted that "pools of blood and brain matter were observed in a number of homes."

UNSMIS says the "consistent account" relayed by 27 local villagers who were interviewed by the UN team indicated that the attack began in the early hours with the shelling of the village followed by ground operations.

The Norwegian monitor heading the team commented during Sunday's observation.

"We entered the village of Treimseh and we are looking at some of the destroyed building and some remnants of the war from the fighting that took place the day before yesterday. So far we have seen a number of burnet our buildings and we have seen remnants of war in terms of shillings, bullet holes etc."

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UN observers also confirmed the use of direct and indirect weapons, including artillery, mortars and small arms, the statement said.

The Mission added that the number of casualties is still unclear and that it is trying to seek further verification.

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