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It was not immediately clear if he was a resident of the village or related to the man in the photograph.
“They killed children,” said another unidentified resident. “My brother, his wife and their seven children; the oldest was in the sixth grade. They burned down his house.”
After the observers’ visit, U.N. spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh said that the scene held evidence of a “horrific crime” and that the team could smell the stench of burned corpses and saw body parts strewn around the now-deserted village, once home to about 160 people.
She said that residents’ accounts of the mass killing were “conflicting” and that the team was still cross-checking the names of the missing and dead with those supplied by nearby villagers.
Opposition activists and Syrian government officials blamed each other for the killings. Activists accused pro-government militiamen known as “shabiha.” A government statement on the state-run news agency, SANA, said “an armed terrorist group” killed nine women and children before Hama authorities were called and killed the attackers.
Associated Press writer Selcan Hacaoglu contributed to this report from Ankara, Turkey.
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