Thirteen bodies have been found in Syria on Wednesday, according to UN inspectors.
Reuters is quoting General Mood, the lead observer for the UN, as saying the bodies were found bound and shot in the head.
They were discovered in Assukar, eastern Syria, just east of the city of Deirez-Zor. All the victims are reported to be male.
On Friday, 108 civilians were killed in the town of Houla, Homs Province sparking outrage around the globe. Following the massacre, a number of countries, including the UK, expelled senior Syrian diplomatic staff.
The killing has also increased pressure on China and Russia, the two nations currently stalling moves to increase UN sanctions on the Assad regime.
The UN observer report, published on Wednesday, made clear that Kofi Annan’s peace plan is not working, failing to either stop the killing or to bring about negotiations between the government and opposition forces.
On the discovery of the 13 bodies, the UN statement read: "General Mood is deeply disturbed by this appalling and inexcusable act. He calls on all parties to exercise restraint and end the cycle of violence for the sake of Syria and the Syrian people."
Video posted on YouTube by Syrian activists shows bodies strewn across the ground, the victims' hands tied behind their backs and gags around their mouths. The pools of blood suggest that they were shot in the head. The footage remains unverified due to reporting restrictions within Syria.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia called the expulsion of Syria's diplomats "counterproductive" and reaffirmed their reluctance to sanction further UN Security Council action in the restive state.
According to The Guardian, state media in Syria is reporting that a terrorist group has destroyed an oil pipeline in the Deir Ezzor province, in the same part of the country as the 13 bodies were discovered.
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U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice tweets:
|@ AmbassadorRice : #Syria regime turned artillery, tanks and helicopters on its own men & women. It unleashed knife-wielding shabiha gangs on its own children.|
Russia says international envoy Kofi Annan will visit Moscow on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. Russia also called for an inquiry into an alleged massacre that took place in the village of Tramseh on Thursday. "We have no doubt that this wrongdoing serves the interests of those powers that are not seeking peace but persistently seek to sow the seeds of interconfessional and civilian conflict on Syrian soil," Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters. Moscow did not apportion blame for the killings.
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The Associated Press obtained a video that purports to show the aftermath of an alleged massacre in the village of Tramseh, near Hama.
How do Syria's fighters get their arms? An overview put together by Reuters explains that there are three gateways to the country -- Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.
Syrian rebels are smuggling small arms into Syria through a network of land and sea routes involving cargo ships and trucks moving through Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, maritime intelligence and Free Syrian Army (FSA) officers say. Western and regional powers deny any suggestion they are involved in gun running. Their interest in the sensitive border region lies rather in screening to ensure powerful weapons such as surface to air missiles do not find their way to Islamist or other militants.
Read the full report here.
This citizen journalism image made from video provided by Shaam News Network SNN, purports to show a man mourning a victim killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria about 15 kilometers (nine miles) northwest of the central city of Hama, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)
According to the Hama Revolutionary Council, a Syrian opposition group, more than 220 people have been killed in a new alleged massacre in Taramseh. Earlier reports said more than 100 people were killed. "More than 220 people fell today in Taramseh," the Council said in a statement. "They died from bombardment by tanks and helicopters, artillery shelling and summary executions."
Fadi Sameh, an opposition activist from Taramseh, told Reuters he had left the town before the reported massacre but was in touch with residents. "It appears that Alawite militiamen from surrounding villages descended on Taramseh after its rebel defenders pulled out, and started killing the people. Whole houses have been destroyed and burned from the shelling," Sameh claimed.
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Syrian activist Rami Jarrah tweets that Syrian State TV has confirmed deaths in Tremseh. "Terrorists" is often the term used by the Syrian regime for opposition forces.
|@ AlexanderPageSY : Syrian State TV: clashes between security apparatus & terrorists in #Tremseh of #Hama leaves large numbers of terrorists killed #Syria|
|@ Reuters : UPDATE: DEATH TOLL IN SYRIAN FORCES' ATTACK ON VILLAGE IN SYRIA'S HAMA REGION IS MORE THAN 200, MOSTLY CIVILIANS - OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS|