Damascus: A Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied Sunday his country's government troops' involvement in the deadly carnage that had left more than 90 people killed in the central village of Houla two days ago and blamed "terrorists".
Meanwhile, the head of UN observers mission in Syria condemned the ‘tragic and brutal’ massacre, and warned the prolonged violence could lead the country to a civil war.
The international community was united in condemning the massacres.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the killings were a "flagrant violation of international law", while the White House has called the violence acts of "unspeakable and inhuman brutality."
The regime has said that attacks were carried out by al Qaeda, while the Free Syria Army has said that the regime itself has been carrying out attacks to reinforce its narrative.
Former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan is due back in Damascus to discuss the ongoing crisis with key officials.
Top UN officials and some countries joined the chorus of condemnation amid mounting calls for a halt to all violence.
First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 18:54