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A threat of civil war strikes Syria after observers counted more than 92 bodies, 32 of them children, in the central town of Houla following reports of a massacre there.

The AP reports,

The Syrian government denied Sunday its troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on “hundreds of heavily-armed gunmen” who also attacked soldiers in the area.

Friday’s assault on Houla, an area northwest of the central city of Homs, was one of the bloodiest single events in Syria’s 15-month-old uprising. The U.N. says 32 children under 10 were among the dead. The international body and others have issued statements appearing to hold the Syrian regime responsible.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told reporters inDamascus at a news conference that Syria is being subjected to a “tsunami of lies” on Houla. “We categorically deny the responsibility of government forces for the massacre,” Makdissi said.

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SOURCE: [AP]

Photo Credit: The bodies of anti-government protesters who were killed by Al-Assad security forces lie on the ground in Huola, near Homs. [Reuters]

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