At Least 78 Killed in Syria’s Hama Province
Activists said pro-government militia men and security forces killed at least 78 people, including children, in Syria’s central province of Hama on Wednesday.
Some of those killed in the village of Mazraat al-Qabeer were stabbed to death, the activists said, and at least 12 bodies had been burned.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said its activists on the ground documented a smaller number of victims - 24 people, four of them children.
Syria’s 15-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule has grown increasingly bloody in recent months, raising concerns the country may be slipping towards civil war.
Events inside the country are difficult to verify as Syria has restricted access to international media.