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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today branded the massacre of 150 people in a central Syrian village as "attempted genocide" and said the regime was doomed.

"There is nothing more to be said about Syria," he said, speaking of the bloodshed in the village of Treimsa in Hama province, which actvists said was bombarded by government forces.
According to a UN spokeswoman and an activist on the ground, more than 150 people perished. If confirmed, the toll would exceed that of a massacre at Houla on May 25, when government forces and allied militia were accused of killing at least 108 people.
"This inhuman massacre, this attempted genocide, are just early signs pointing to the demise of this regime," Erdogan told a meeting of his Justice and Development party in the north-western town of Kocaeli.
The Treimsa killings have triggered a global outcry against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon calling for urgent action to stop the bloodshed.
Erdogan said there were now more than 40,000 Syrian refugees sheltered in neighbouring Turkey.
"All dictators are cowards ... sooner or later, these cruel despots will go and the people will want a settling of accounts," he said in comments aired on public television.
Erdogan, a one-time ally of Damascus, has previously called Assad "a bloody dictator" and called on him to step down.


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B Medic

7/16/2012 12:16:32 PM

@Blue: It is not just "propaganda" from "NATO politicians and the corporate media" that states that Syria's military has killed 17000 Syrians and made 40000 escape to Turkey. It is also the UN, Amnesty, Red Cross and Human Rights Watch. I believe those sources. Al Assad is an evil dictator who tortures and kills his own citizens. There is loads of evidence on that. How can you defend him?

mark golding

7/15/2012 9:51:35 PM

What is wrong with you Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan? No genocide -No 'inhuman massacre' - just terrorists who murder innocent Syrians have fallen to government forces of law and order. The massacre accusations came just in time for another UN meeting on Syria. But according to the Syrian government the incident was much different from what the insurgents claimed. It had received some intelligence about specific places in Tremseh where foreign supported FSA insurgents gathered. Get real.

The Lion

7/15/2012 6:36:58 PM

James T., there was no "armenian holocaust". Just a bunch of armenian terrorists getting militarily owned. This "genocide" propaganda is something they cooked up in the ghettos of Paris decades later after they realized they couldn't militarily win against the Turks, even with foreign imperialists doing the fighting for them.

The Lion

7/15/2012 6:15:41 PM

Bllue Dotterel, what compels you to defend the Alawite regime which is clearly massacring the 70 % Sunni majority?

Ryan James

7/15/2012 5:09:31 PM

Yes, Erdogan, all dictators are cowards. Now go!

Rimon Tree

7/15/2012 4:43:58 PM

@ Ismail strange that all of a sudden you claim Israel as a witness! By the way Israel never considered Assad her "Dear Brother" and never was offered or accepted the "Gaddafi Humanitarian Award"! What an oxymoron!

ismail demir

7/15/2012 3:42:46 PM

@rimon tree, even all syrian people and government wants to be part of Turkey, nobody in Turkey wants syria.Syria has no attraction for turks.Notice to anti-turkish posters, israel government recently called events in syria genocide too.

James T.

7/15/2012 1:13:53 PM

Erdogan throws the word "genocide" around like a volleyball yet waffles at the notion of the Armenian Holocaust. What a petulant, silly man.

V Tiger

7/15/2012 11:21:14 AM

ilker I agree with your comment "All dictators are cowards and soon or later these despots will go and the people will want settling of accounts" .I suppose that includes the sultan of aliyevistan.Not much different from the Syria situation.

Rimon Tree

7/15/2012 11:18:05 AM

@ Blue Dotterel 100% agree! The warmongering started with the highly dubious plane affair. It was the first try of the esteemed PM to drag NATO into a war against his former "Brother Assad". Didn't he know already then what kind of person Assad is? Assad did not change, but his departure would give the Ottoman drive some good fuel!
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