Reports from Al Jazeera
, Channel 4
state that peace envoy Kofi Annan was "appalled" upon hearing about these events. He stated this action is a "violation of the government's undertaking to cease the use of heavy weapons in population centres and its commitment to the six-point plan."
Mr. Annan states that the U.N. observer force on the ground in Syria (which is holed up in a hotel in Damascus) is ready to go to Tremseh to investigate this incident. However the head of the observer force on the ground in Syria Major General Mood stated this could only happen "when there is a credible ceasefire."
If the deaths of the reported 220 people can be verified then this incident in Tremseh will constitute the bloodiest single massacre in the 16-month-long uprising against Assad's rule which has taken the lives of at least 16,000 people.
As par usual the activists and the government had two diverging claims over what happened, the opposition claimed that the village was attacked by helicopter gunships and tanks before later being raided by Shabiha militia who are loyal to Assad who reportedly carried out executions.
The state owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) however claimed that "the bloodthirsty media in collaboration with gangs of armed terrorists massacred residents of Tremseh village...to sway public opinion against Syria and its people and provoke international intervention on the eve of a U.N. Security Council meeting."
It appears that the massacre occurred as the Syrian Army was trying to take back Tremseh from the rebels.