The United States have condemned violence in Syria after regime troops and gunmen were reported to have beaten, stabbed and shot at least 50 people in a predominantly Sunni Muslim village on Friday. Thousands of Sunni families are thought to have fled as a result.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:
We strongly condemn atrocities against the civilian population and reinforce our solidarity with the Syrian people.
Those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and serious violations and abuses of human rights law must be held accountable.
Hundreds of Sunni Muslim families fled the Syrian coastal town of Banias today after fighters loyal to President Assad killed at least 62 people overnight and left bloodied and burned corpses piled in the streets, activists said.
A pro-opposition monitoring group posted a video online showing the mutilated bodies of 10 people it said were killed in a southern district of Banias, half of them children.
An online video posted on a social media website purportedly shows the bodies of women and children, all from the same family, killed in Syria's coastal village of Baida, Reuters reports.
It follows earlier reports that civilians had been killed in a 'massacre' at a Sunni coastal village by state forces and militias loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.