Rebels have blamed the reported massacre of at least 25
civilians including women and children on militias allied with embattled
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose government alleges "terrorists" were
behind the bloodbath.
State television pointed the finger at the rebel Liwa al-Islam group for the alleged massacre in the city of Duma north of the Syrian capital Damascus.
Liwa al-Islam has in the past claimed several attacks in Damascus. The Syrian government calls the mainly Sunni rebels and Salafite groups seeking to overthrow the authoritarian al-Assad "terrorists".
The United Nations estimates that over 30,000 people have been killed in the 19-month conflict which has become a civil war while international peace initiatives have failed.
Atrocities are being committed by both sides, according to observers.
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