Syrian observer team reports 'continuous violence'

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BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria says his teams can confirm government forces waged attacks from the ground and air Thursday in Tremseh, where there are reports of a mass killing.

Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood says Friday that the fighting involved helicopters and "mechanized units" — indicating the government was using heavy weapons. Mood described the assault as "continuous violence."

Anti-regime activists in Syria say government gunners rained shells on Tremseh before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead. The government blamed the bloodshed on terrorists.

Nearly 300 U.N. observers sent to monitor the cease-fire are confined to their hotels because of the escalating violence. But Mood says the observers stationed in Hama were able to verify the fighting