With the harrowing rise in the number of Syrians civilians being killed at the hands of the regime, bodies found on the streets find temporary sanctuary in the mosques of Syria which have now turned from places of worship to morgues.
In the village of al-Tremsa, which had witnessed a horrid massacre that took the lives of more than 200 Syrians, dozens of bodies were lined up in the main mosque waiting to be identified by families.
A video clip posted on the Internet featured the blood-soaked bodies of 15 youth wearing jeans and t-shirts; there were no women or children in the clip.
In another clip, shrouded bodies still leak blood and a man uncovers a burned body. A few men then began to bury the bodies in a tunnel.
Men stood with stunned expressions and women wailed as the bodies were prepared for burial as several children felt their way between the bodies that filled the place.
The Hama Revolutionary Council said the attack on the predominantly Sunni al-Tremsa was an attempt at ethnic cleansing on the part of the regime especially since the village and all the roads leading to it had been besieged by army barricades for six months.
The Council added that Tremsa is surrounded by six Alawite villages and that regime thugs who carried out the massacre came from there.
According to a report on the massacre, 200 tanks and armored vehicles besieged al-Tremsa in the morning and five helicopters were seen hovering above the village at the start of the attack.
When the attack started, the report added, opposition militants from neighboring areas hurried to defend the village and engaged in a battle that lasted for seven hours. When the fighting stopped, at least 150 bodies were found in the rubble, the surrounding fields, and al-Asi River.
The report said that 40 people were executed without trial, 30 bodies were burned until it was almost impossible to identify them, and members of three families were tortured to death.
According to an Al Arabiya correspondent in Syria, international observers arrived in Tremsa two days after activists announced the death of 220 people following an attack by regime thugs and simultaneous strikes by military helicopters.
Observers arrived to carry out investigations on the massacre and evaluate its aftermath after the U.N. was notified of a ceasefire in Tremsa. The delegation comprises both civilian and military experts, according to delegation spokesperson in Damascus Suzanne Ghouseh.