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Jul 16, 2012, 12.35 PM IST | Source: Reuters

Syria denies Annan's "rushed" accusations on Tremseh

SYRIA-CRISIS-TREMSEH:Syria denies Annan's "rushed" accusations on Tremseh

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria denied on Sunday accusations by special envoy Kofi Annan that state forces used heavy weapons or helicopters in clashes in the village of Tremseh last week, where activists said there was a massacre of over 100 people.

Jihad Makdissi, spokesman for Syria's Foreign Ministry, said security forces killed 37 fighters and two civilians in a campaign against the town, from which the government said rebels were launching attacks on other areas.

"Government forces did not use planes, or helicopters, or tanks or artillery. The heaviest weapon used was an RPG (rocket propelled grenade)," Makdissi told reporters at a news conference in Damascus.

"Yesterday we received a letter from Mr. Kofi Annan addressed to the Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem. The least that can be said about this letter about what happened in Tremseh is that it did not rely on facts. As diplomatically as possible, we say that this letter was very rushed."

(Reporting by Marwan Makdesi; Editing by Alison Williams)

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