Opposition: New Syria Massacre Kills 200
Most of the victims in Hama said to be civilians
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 5:13 PM CDT
This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network, taken on July 6, shows Syrians chanting slogans during a demonstration in Hama.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

(Newser) – Opposition forces in Syria are reporting a new massacre by government troops, and this one might be the worst yet. Activists tell Reuters that more than 200 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the village of Tremseh in central Hama province. They cite a familiar pattern: strafing by helicopters and tanks, followed by execution-style slayings by militiamen loyal to Bashar al-Assad. The AP also has reports of a massacre, but its death toll is at 100, while the Guardian puts the figure at 250. No independent confirmation yet. The violence comes amid reports of more high-level defections in Assad's regime.